As teens with learning and attention issues get older, there’s a lot that parents (and schools) can do to help develop the skills needed for independent living. You can help build your child’s independence by encouraging good habits. Here are five key skill areas to work on with your child.

Managing Money
Maintaining Living Space
Personal Care
Food Preparation
Caring for Clothing

If your child is eager to leave the nest, there are some key questions that can help you decide whether he’s ready to live on his own. You may also want to explore housing options for young adults with learning disabilities. Learn more about how schools can help your child prepare for life after high school.

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Victoria Scanlan Stefanakos

Victoria Scanlan Stefanakos

Victoria Scanlan Stefanakos is a writer and editor for many national publications.

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Reviewed by Jenn Osen-Foss, M.A.T. Jun 11, 2014 Jun 11, 2014

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