Every person on the planet will agree that life skills are important to teach all kids. As an autism family, we know how important it is to teach these crucial skills. At some point every autism parent has to face the reality that they will not be here forever. The more Logan can do for himself, the less vulnerable he is to others who may not have his best interests at heart. It is no less important for Madison who has no special needs. Teaching life skills to both of them helps them individually in different ways but the family benefits the most.
Skill Trek is a hands on, multi media, online curriculum. There are over 500 skills in the software ranging from tying shoes to doing dishes to learning how to change a tire. You pick the level you want your child to start which is great for our kids with autism who have a drastically different developmental age than their chronological one. Worried about your child missing the skills from previous levels? You have access to all the skills in the prior levels as well. Start your child where he will be successful and not feel like you are babying him. You can add the prior goals as bonus tasks. Our goal in all lessons is to stretch him while making him feel competent.
Each lesson has a pdf with complete instructions as well as directions on how to earn the nugget. What is a nugget? A nugget is the reward for completing the task as directed. It’s not a do once and poof, you get a nugget. The child has to demonstrate mastery of the skill before the nugget is awarded. The instructions and nugget completion directions are laid out in clear and concise language. Most, but not all, skills also have a video to accompany it . The Skill Trek team is adding new videos all the time with a goal of completion by the end of 2018. The videos are a bonus but not necessary unless you don’t know the skill. Then YouTube to the rescue if there is no video uploaded. Here in Autismland, we print the pdfs out and put them in a conspicuous place to remind us to work on them. After completion, they are put in a binder for future review.
There are 3 levels .
- Trailblazer (ages 5-8)
- RockHopper (ages 9-12)
- Cragsman (ages 13 & up)
Each level has it’s own mascot as well as lists of skills. The levels are developmentally appropriate with the skills building upon each other in complexity. This translates to each level adds new skills in addition to building on previous ones with increased expectations. That’s how teaching developmentally works. You introduce the skill as well as what they can do at that age then keep building on it. Never fear. You can start at any level at anytime. The lessons don’t assume your child knows the previous skill taught. It teaches all the steps (previous and new) in a fun, age appropriate way.
There are 3 types of skills
Core skills are the basic skills your child needs to know to be a successful adult. Depending on the level, there are 24-32 core skills taught each year. Bonus skills are extra skills that pertain to that season or are just fun in nature. These skills are necessary but not crucial. You can go through life not knowing how to build a snowman. Just ask my native Floridian husband. You shouldn’t go through life not knowing how to cook or put gas in your car. Legacy skills are core skills from previous levels that your child has not completed. You can pick which legacy skills to add into the rotation. Your 12 year old may never need to do the learn to tie your shoes lesson as he’s already mastered it. If he indeed needs to learn that skill then you have the ability to add it. This factor makes the program phenomenal for our kids with various developmental needs.
The membership price comes in four tiers, monthly, quarterly, annual, and lifetime. All levels include the entire family regardless of how large that may be. Parents can set up an account as well and learn right alongside their children. What a fun family activity. As you can imagine, I think this is hands down the best life skills curriculum on the market. Homeschooling or not, everyone should purchase this and give their children a head start on becoming successful adults.