ASERT does not offer crisis services through our Resource Center. If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health distress or thoughts of suicide please call or text 988 for support.
Planning for the future can mean a number of things to a number of people, and for people with Autism, considering how to shape one’s future can pose problems because of the need for concrete ways of learning or processing information. Because individuals with Autism have different ways of learning and processing information, it may be more difficult for them to consider looking at how circumstances could change next week, next month, next year, or ten years from now. Similarly, many individuals on the spectrum do not easily foresee or imagine how their own circumstances will change when life changes occur, such as the loss of a family member or parent, transitioning to a new home, or getting a job. Using a vision board exercise, support the person in writing, illustrating, making collages, or exploring other methods of expressing him or herself. Adjust the categories below as needed, or make up your own so that the activity is tailored to the person.
This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.