Volunteering can help people with autism and other conditions learn new things, interact socially, and develop skills in the workplace. But to motivate your children to be volunteers, first, you need to know their particular interests and skills.
We recommend you ask family members, friends, schools, sports clubs, or visit various websites to discover the places where they can participate.
Benefits of volunteering for teens with autism and other conditions
First of all, you need to create a Curriculum Vitae with the profile of the adolescent with ASD. It is very important to ask the employer to provide a certificate validating the volunteer work. This will allow teens to show the experience they acquired on their resume.
Volunteering can help them:
- Prepare for the future and develop skills and abilities in certain areas.
- Lower their vulnerability and gain knowledge to fend for themselves during adulthood.
- Develop social skills and strengthen relationships with others. It also improves the ability to communicate for people with ASD.
- Participate in new activities and learn what is done in different workplaces.
- Find work that interests them.
- Learn teamwork, respect schedules, follow rules, and build trust.
- Improve their abilities to interact with coworkers and meet contacts that could help them find a job one day.
- Learn the importance of tolerance and support to have a good job performance.
Volunteering also allows organizations to get acquainted with young people, know their interests, abilities, and skills so they can offer them a paid position in the future.
Appropriate volunteer work for your child with special needs
Help your children find a volunteer job based on their skills, interests, and needs. Outdoor activities, computer tasks, helping people, cooking, sharing with animals, sports, and performing numerical calculations usually attract the interest of young people.
Look for volunteering opportunities in areas such as:
- The food industry
- Animal shelters
- Customer Support
But make sure the place meets these basic requirements:
- Having a good reputation and a better record of supporting volunteers with ASD and other conditions.
- Treating everyone with respect and being accessible.
Here are some ways to find some volunteer work:
- Ask family and friends.
- Look out for volunteering opportunities at the local council.
- Research on specialized websites, such as GoVolunteer, SEEK Volunteer, Conservation Volunteers, or the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
- Ask in your child’s school if they can help you find volunteering experiences.
Take advantage of your children’s productive potential and skills to prepare them for adulthood!
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