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Functional and Life Skills Curriculum for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Updated by Barb Fogarty, M,S
July 2016
(Original document compiled by Kristi A. Jordan, OTR and Barb Fogarty, MS)

Teaching functional and life skills requires educators to determine the needs of each student and to prepare effectively for their
future. Technology has added a new dimension to teaching functional and life skills. It is important to use curriculum and programs
that are successful and research based whenever possible.

Below is a listing of some examples of curriculum and programs that can be used to teach functional and life skills to individuals
on the autism spectrum. In addition to these programs, please be aware that there are many other supplemental programs, books,
strategies, and resources that are not included but are available. Many of these resources can be accessed by Indiana residents
via the Center for Disability Information and Referral at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. Inclusion on this list
does not imply endorsement of any one program.

Indiana Resource Center for Autism  Indiana Institute on Disability and Community  Indiana University, Bloomington
1905 N. Range Road  Bloomington, IN 47408-9801  812-855-6508  Fax 812-855-9630  https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/irca

achieve3000. Bloomington 1905 N.edu/irca . Resource Description Vendor/Company Achieve 3000® Grades: K to 12 Achieve3000® Believe http://www. Range Road  Bloomington. Smarty Ants® Grades: Primary Teaches fundamental reading skills KidBiz3000® Grades: 2 to 5 Reading and writing assignments with non-fiction content based on each student's reading level.iidc. TeenBiz3000® Grades: 6 to 8 Prepares for college and career.com/ Three differentiated online literacy instruction solutions that use individualized Lexile® reading levels. Indiana Resource Center for Autism  Indiana Institute on Disability and Community  Indiana University. Empower3000® Grades: 9 to 12 Teaches the critical literacy skills to compete and succeed post-graduation.indiana. IN 47408-9801  812-855-6508  Fax 812-855-9630  https://www.

Boardmaker® Grades: Pre-K to 12+ Mayer-Johnson® Software http://www. Uses Boardmaker® images.mayer-johnson. phonics. Resource Description Vendor/Company Accessible Grades: Pre-K to 12+ Mayer-Johnson® Literacy . Symbols can be used to improve reading comprehension.attainmentcompany.iidc.com (ELSB) ELSB incorporates systematic instruction to teach both print and phonemic awareness.indiana. including social studies. and ongoing assessments for one-on-one or in small groups and formal assessments.com Academics A curriculum that offers life skill lessons with matching Program worksheets that align with instruction in general education subjects.edu/irca . http://www. Bloomington 1905 N. comprehension. teachable objectives. Early Reading Skills Builder™ ERSB continues to progress students from early literacy to a (ERSB) second grade reading level.attainmentcompany. Aligning Life Grades: 6 to 12+ Attainment Company Skills to http://www.com/ Learning ALL is a software evidence-based approach that teaches Reading individuals with complex communication and physical challenges Program to learn to read basic words and sentences. Good supports for ALL individuals who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).com/ Software that is designed to create materials using visual supports combined with language. IN 47408-9801  812-855-6508  Fax 812-855-9630  https://www.mayer-johnson. Skills addressed include phonemic awareness. Early Literacy Grades: K to 6 Attainment Company Skills Builder™ http://www. Indiana Resource Center for Autism  Indiana Institute on Disability and Community  Indiana University. Multi-year program with ongoing assessments so individuals progress at their own pace. vocabulary. built-in lesson repetition. Both programs incorporate scripted lessons. Range Road  Bloomington. and fluency.

http://www.mayer-johnson.proedinc. lesson plans. oral and sight word vocabulary. http://www. Uses mastery tests. and head mouse accessibility options.dttrainer.com Program Research-based instruction in vocabulary. eye gaze. Can also be used with a variety of devices to interact with the program (i. DT Trainer Grades: Pre-K to 12 Accelerations Educational Software Evidence-based direct instructional software program.indiana. and Signs Around You. Functional Word http://www. Range Road  Bloomington. and DVDs of sight words for comprehension.com/ social skills enrichment. Indiana Resource Center for Autism  Indiana Institute on Disability and Community  Indiana University. Bloomington 1905 N. Can be used as print only or in combination with matching software. Has switch. manipulatives. Uses strategies of errorless learning.iidc. Resource Description Vendor/Company Classroom Grades: K to 12 ablenet Activity Center https://www.. and progress monitoring. and data tracking/assessments. and Levels I & II fluency.com Series Combo Functional curriculum that uses word recognition and repeated exposure to target words within a variety of engaging learning activities. Grocery Words. Edmark Grades: 6 to 12+ Pro-Ed. Inc. games. Job/Work Words.ablenetinc. Inc. 100 words for four functional areas: Fast Food/Restaurant Words.proedinc.com This Software program includes foundational skills activities in the areas of math and language.edu/irca .com/ Includes hundreds of curriculum content programs. Reading http://www. Edmark Grades: K to 3 Pro-Ed.e. comprehension. adapted keyboards and switches). IN 47408-9801  812-855-6508  Fax 812-855-9630  https://www. positive Mayer-Johnson® reinforcement. motivating reinforcements.

com Designed for individuals with moderate to severe disabilities and is based on concepts and principles from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and from B. Range Road  Bloomington.com Skills Combines hands-on and printed materials with software.com Skills Combines hands-on and printed materials with software. Essential Skills Grades: K to 12 Pro-Ed. Contains 6 functional programs including: Personal Care Survival Guides. Contains 6 functional programs including: Life Skill Readers Books.proedinc.F.iidc. Bloomington 1905 N. Explore Your Community. It can be used in conjunction with other curriculums. behavior.edu/irca . Living on Your Own Survival Guide.attainmentcompany. Indiana Resource Center for Autism  Indiana Institute on Disability and Community  Indiana University. http://www. Personal Success Software. IN 47408-9801  812-855-6508  Fax 812-855-9630  https://www. Resource Description Vendor/Company Enhance: Grades: 6 to 12 Attainment Company Functional Life http://www. Look ‘n Cook Cookbook. Inc.indiana. It is a communication. and functional assessment curriculum and skill- tracking tool. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior. Community Success Software. Enhance: Grades: 6 to 12 Attainment Company Functional Life http://www. Safety Skills Reader Book.attainmentcompany. What’s Cool About Music Book.

Functional Math Grades: 1 to 12+ Attainment Company Package http://www. A Guide for Individuals With Autism Spectrum and Other Social-Cognitive Challenges.iidc. Hidden Grades: 1 to 12+ AAPC Publishing Curriculum Brenda Smith-Myles. multi-sensory language development lessons that teach word recognition. The Hidden Curriculum of Getting and Keeping a Job: Navigating the Social Landscape of Employment.aapcpublishing.net/ help children and adolescents with social skills. Bloomington 1905 N. and fluency.attainmentcompany.com Six programs that teach budgeting. Has highly-structured. The Hidden Curriculum and Other Everyday Challenges for Elementary-Age Children with High-Functioning Autism. scheduling. Books written to provide a “hidden curriculum” of social rules to http://www. Ph. IN 47408-9801  812-855-6508  Fax 812-855-9630  https://www. comprehension.indiana. text.edu/irca . and organization. Indiana Resource Center for Autism  Indiana Institute on Disability and Community  Indiana University. money skills. telling time. Range Road  Bloomington. Has added a Life Skills program for high school-aged students. Resource Description Vendor/Company Failure Free Grades: K to 12+ Failure Free Reading™ Reading™ http://failurefreeonline. particularly peer relationships and everyday activities.D. Complete language/literacy curriculum centers on 1 of 4 “School to Career” transition themes.com/ Curriculum is a combination of teaching. and technology.

transitions.jedbaker.com management. hands-on practice. Range Road  Bloomington.proedinc. Inc. Keeping House. Inc. View vendor online for additional options. functional life skills.com Hundreds of program options that cover topics such as: activities of daily living (ADLs). and stress http://fhautism. Indiana Resource Center for Autism  Indiana Institute on Disability and Community  Indiana University.htm communication. Preparing for Grades: K to 12+ Future Horizons.com/ A photo-illustrated reading comprehension program for transition- age students. and money math/real life math. non-verbal http://www. http://www.edu/irca .com world words. Resource that addresses perspective taking. Select a Meal.D.proedinc. PCI Reading Grades: K to 12+ Pro-Ed. Life Skill Grades: 6 to 12+ Attainment Company Readers http://www. Inc. health/safety.attainmentcompany. Instruction through repetition. Program Three level curriculum that incorporates high-frequency and real.indiana. Bloomington 1905 N. Contains 5 functional programs including: Home Cooking. conversational skills. IN 47408-9801  812-855-6508  Fax 812-855-9630  https://www. goal setting. Ph. Uses contemporary life skill themes. Resource Description Vendor/Company Life Skills Grades: 6-12 Attainment Company Curricula Series http://www. http://www. Pro-Ed.iidc. Available in print and software versions. Looking Good.com/books. controlled reading and high-interest activities. Software will read stories out loud to students.attainmentcompany. Inc. Grades: Pre K to 12 + Pro-Ed.com Hands-on curricula that helps to develop functional vocabulary. Life Jed. Baker. survival signs. and Shopping Smart.

sight words. FACTER® and Links® Grades: 5 to 12+ Teach everyday routines and skills for daily living. Resource Description Vendor/Company STAR® Autism Grades: K to 12+. attending to a structured activity. Lessons focus on literacy and offer opportunity to practice and generalize skills learned in direct instruction sessions. Includes language. such as joint attention. Indiana Resource Center for Autism  Indiana Institute on Disability and Community  Indiana University. IN 47408-9801  812-855-6508  Fax 812-855-9630  https://www. Includes detailed lesson plans. Literacy Kit® Sunshine Literacy Kit® Grades: K to Early Elementary Kits use premade activities that are fun and motivational to teach social skills.edu/irca . Bloomington 1905 N. Uses ABA (applied behavior analysis) instructional methods of discrete trial training and pivotal Links® response to teach functional routines. data systems.iidc. letters. teaching materials. and comprehension. and a curriculum-based Sunshine assessment. and socializing in a group.indiana. Range Road  Bloomington. STAR® Autism Support Support http://starautismsupport.com Programs that are designed specifically for individuals with ASD FACTER® and developmental delays. Promote independence in natural environment.

attainmentcompany.com/ Book series using visuals/photos to teach structured tasks relating to play.com/ Bundle: Read Includes a library of 32 adapted public domain books. Includes three levels of differentiation for diverse learners.iidc. Range Road  Bloomington. Tasks Galore Grades: Pre-K to 12+ Tasks Galore Publishing. Uses PixWriter files for writing activities and Picture It files for teacher editing or student read-alongs. http://www. Indiana Resource Center for Autism  Indiana Institute on Disability and Community  Indiana University.edu/irca . and comprehension. Is divided into monthly thematic units with 30 lesson plans and downloadable materials. Algebra. Uses SymbolStix® graphics. Bloomington 1905 N. Covers Geometry. self-care.attainmentcompany. Teaching to the Attainment Company Grades: 6 to 12 http://www. and more.indiana.com News2You This online standards-based program is designed as functional curriculum for individuals with ASD and developmental delays. .n2y.tasksgalore. and Measurement. retelling. Unique Learning Grades: Pre-K to 12+ Unique Learning System® System® https://www. work. IN 47408-9801  812-855-6508  Fax 812-855-9630  https://www. Data Analysis. Has and Tell Library complete lessons for reading. Inc. Resource Description Vendor/Company Slater-SunCastle Grades: 2 to 8 Attainment Company Technology http://www. Real-world stories are illustrated with pictures and taught with fading support.com/ Standards: Math Effective for students with significant disabilities and accommodates nonverbal students.