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Essential skills for transitioning to Independence

Soft Skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Resilience
  • Accepting/embracing differences
  • Asking for help
  • Self advocacy
  • Negotiation
  • Team work
  • Dealing with failure
  • Empathy – helping those less fortunate, mentoring younger children
  • Executive functioning
  • Emotional self-regulation
  • Handling peer pressure
Life Skills
  • Mindfulness practice
  • Cooking Basics
  • Financial Preparedness – Balancing, Budgeting
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Self Awareness
  • Safety
  • Time Management
  • Fitness
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Wellness (emotional, social, physical)
  • Diet and Nutrition
Careers Paths
  • What is a “successful life”?
  • Identify interests, passions, strengths and challenges
  • Unusual careers
  • Gap year options
  • Exposure to careers via summer internships
  • Vocational training and colleges that provide support
  • Mentoring
  • Resume Writing
  • Job seeking skills

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