Sunday, August 4, 2013

Social and Self Help Adult Checklist

This list is meant to be used as a check list to help people identify areas needed for adult independence.


  • Pick out socially appropriate clothes
  • Age appropriate interests
  • Shows up places on time / reliable
  • Understands social consequences of being a poor friend
  • Can define and recognize good and bad friends
  • Can set personal boundaries
  • Has refusal skills to peer pressure
  • Uses good listening skills
  • Able to have a full conversation back and forth
  • Displays social flexibility 
  • Recognize safe and unsafe places/people
  • Able to read people's non verbal cues
  • Understanding of appropriate behavior in certain environments (church vs bar scene)
  • Has appropriate conflict resolution skills
  • Can take ownership in actions good or bad
  • Has an appropriate self esteem
  • Understands when to give advice and when it will not be received well
  • Can recognize the line between being too needy and too distant as a friend

Self Help

  • Brush teeth
  • Comb Hair
  • Shower (all steps included in showering)
  • Toilet needs 
  • Pick out weather appropriate clothes
  • Able to drive or navigate bus system 
  • If able to drive, have understanding of what to do if in a car accident or if broken down, how to get gas, how to tell if something is wrong with the car and insurance coverage.
  • Able to cook basic meals
  • Able to go grocery shopping
  • Able to manage money and budget
  • Able to pay bills on time
  • Able to treat minor aches and pains
  • Able to force self to do things when not in the mood
  • Able to prioritize responsible choices vs wants
  • Can set appropriate personal goals for self
  • Time management skills
  • Understanding of appropriate work behavior
  • Has appropriate emotional management skills
  • Understanding of what is against the law
  • Keeps space mold free and excessive clutter free
  • Is able to identify what to throw away and what to keep
  • Understands how long food can be kept before it is unsafe

If you or some one you love struggle with some of the above listed items contact a therapist. These items can all be taught. Each of them are important for fully functioning in society. 

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