When I started blogging, almost seven years ago, I didn’t even know I was doing it!
I just knew I was writing some articles, here and there, about working from home.
There were so many things I needed to learn. How to research an article, how to write for my audience, and not just about myself, how to set up a self hosted blog, how to find the right pictures for my blog, and so much more!
Blogging skills are something I have to pursue daily. Until I decided to pursue blogging skills, by reading, listening to podcasts, taking courses, and going to conferences, I didn’t make much headway. But over time, each skill built on the other, until I felt relatively confident with what I was doing.
I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. Albert Einstein
You can improve your quality of life by learning life skills.
In this article, I want to instill hope for a better quality of life by sharing life skills resources to help you learn strategies to improve your quality of life.
Living with autism in a non-autism world can feel like blogging for the first time. You may not know what you do not know about neurotypicals’ ways of communicating, relating, and working.
Autism advocates have work to do in educating neurotypicals to respect autistic ways of thinking and relating. In the meantime, adults with high functioning autism can improve their quality of life, just as any person would, by pursuing life skills as a means for personal growth and improved outcomes.
Life Skills Definition
Wikipedia defines life skills as “ behaviors used appropriately and responsibly in the management of personal affairs. They are a set of human skills acquired via teaching or direct experience that are used to handle problems and questions commonly encountered in daily human life.”
Aspergers Association of New England lists Aspergers Syndrome Interventions for Adults, which I like to think of as a partial list of Aspergers life skills.
Life Skills Resources
If you are unhappy with using the materials at Autism Speaks, GRASP is an alternative site that offers life skills resources.
This Autistic Self Advocacy Network proclaims, “Nothing About Us Without Us.”
While I don’t see a lot of specific resources here, I love that autistics are uniting to talk about how to self-advocate as a life skill. Their resource, “Welcome to the Autistic Community“, educates autistics about what autism is, the positives of autism, what are your rights, resources, and what your future looks like.
Dan Wendler, a young man with Aspergers, has compiled this online guide to help you develop your interpersonal life skills.
He includes 50% free articles, and 50% premium materials. The best news is that you figure out what it’s worth to you become a member.
Get started by watching the video above, reading Dan’s Personal Manifesto, and reading the free material on his site.
Chris MacLeod describes himself as a once socially awkward person who has researched ways to help himself and others catch up to the rest of the world, not become a super schmoozer or top sales rep.
He’s humble and thorough, and I belive you’ll like his site. He’s even included an article for Aspergians.
This site helps leaders and managers continuously improve their careers. You may not be a leader or manager, but the life skills taught here will help you succeed in many life areas.
You can take a 5 minute test to find out which skills you need to start on.
Their tool kit section has resource guides on leadership skills, team management, strategy skills, problem solving, decision making, time management, stress management, communication tools and more.
I have not signed up for anything paid at this site. But I do subscribe to their newsletter and read their blog to improve my life skills.
This online site will help you learn more about attention deficit disorder and how to better cope with it. There’s a ton of information here. Try not to be overwhelmed.
I suggest starting with their free resource guides.
Tim Wilson teaches university and runs time management workshops. I’ve used his website to learn better time management skills. Now you can, too 🙂
15 Laws of Personal Growth
John Maxwell is a leader of leaders. He excels at summarizing a lifetime of his own personal growth into 15 Laws you can apply to assist you in developing your own personal growth plan.
These are just a few life skills resources I found. Please share yours with the community in the comments below!
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