1. Parents or caregivers must plan for vocational skills that are achievable for the child starting at an early age.
2. It is important to plan a future job that a child might really enjoy and excel at. The therapist or caregiver can discuss the options, observe the child and even assess his skills and desires to do different types of jobs.
If he enjoys the job he is more likely to exceed in that job.
3. Jobs you plan for should include an environment that the child will enjoy as an adult. For example, many autistic children and adults do not like loud noise so a noisy work environment environment should be avoided.
4. Caregivers and therapist should discuss long term goals and dreams with the child so that he feels he will achieve or make progress towards something he wants to achieve as an adult.
5. Caregivers and therapist should investigate available jobs in the community while planning job skills training so that the jobs he is working towards are jobs that are available to him.
6. Also, it is important to consider health concerns in selecting a future job. For example, if the child has seizures or burns from the sun a job outdoors may not be the job of choice. Perhaps if he likes plants he could work in a nursery that has plants to water indoors or other related jobs indoors.
Generally, parents and caregivers must think about these long term dreams and goals with the child and include the steps towards these goals. Otherwise th child becomes an adult with no activities and no plan for the rest of his life.