LEARNING LIFE SKILLS

It’s very important that I learn basic social skills so that I am able to interact with people I meet in my everyday life. Although I am not always interested in learning these skills it is for the greater good and can help me have a better quality of life.
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Independence

I like to have as much independence in my life as possible. It can be hard for me to see my brother and sister living a very different life to me and sometimes I wish I could have the same freedom and independence as they do. With a little support I can learn how to do more things for myself that you may take for granted such as managing my own money. I am unable to count so this can be confusing for me; thankfully Sandra is helping me to keep track of a small amount of money I have each week and the support staff support me in making choices on what I spend my money on. I plan on learning more life skills like this, so I can do more.

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Relationships

Due to my limited vocabulary I can sometimes find it challenging to make new friends but this doesn’t stop me from wanting to meet and talk with new people. Just like you, some of the people I meet I really like and it can sometimes lead me to become very attached to them. I especially like to have close relationships with support staff similar to my age who understand me very well. I can sometimes forget that the support staff I like a lot have to support other residents other than myself and this can lead me to become frustrated if they don’t spend all their time with me. Sometimes if I have a pretty female support worker I can demand a great deal of their time which can often lead to me becoming obsessive and frustrated. I am currently learning more about relationships and emotions with the support of Sandra and my support staff. With the right support I hope to manage my feelings and emotions better so I can avoid becoming overwhelmed by them.
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Caring about others

The word empathy means the ability to identify with and understand another person’s feelings or difficulties. Although most of us are capable of empathy, I am not. It is not something that comes naturally to me or that I can learn. This means that I can sometimes upset people without realising. I find it hard to imagine what it’s like to be you and read your behavior, emotions and body language. Sometimes it helps if a person tells me calmly what emotion they are feeling.

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