Adaptive Behaviours and Autism
Adaptive behaviour is sometimes defined by the extent to which a person is capable of being self-sufficient in real-life situations, including the functional use of communication, socialisation, daily living and motor skills.
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities defines adaptive behaviour as:
'... the collection of conceptional, social, and practical skills that are learned and performed by people in their everyday lives.
- Conceptual skills- language and literacy; money, time, and number concepts; and self-direction.
- Social skills- interpersonal skills, social responsibility, self-esteem, gullibility, naïvete (i.e., wariness), social problem solving, and the ability to follow rules/obey laws and to avoid being victimized.
- Practical skills -activities of daily living (personal care), occupational skills, healthcare, travel/transportation, schedules/routines, safety, use of money, use of the telephone.'
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- 03 May 2022