Adaptive Living Skills Curriculum

  • Features


    ALSC is composed of four instructional guides plus the manual:

    • Personal Living Skills: This guide contains 233 instructional units designed to teach a wide range of skills needed to perform tasks related to basic self-care functions and to interact with others in simple social situations. This domain consists of seven skills modules: Socialization, Eating, Grooming, Toileting, Dressing, Health Care, and Sexuality.
    • Home Living Skills: This guide contains 222 instructional units designed to teach skills needed to function within a home or residential setting. It consists of six skills modules: Clothing Care, Meal Planning and Preparation, Home Cleaning and Organization, Home Maintenance, Home Safety, and Home Leisure.
    • Community Living Skills: This guide contains 261 instructional units designed to enhance the learner's participation in various community settings. It contains six skills modules: Social Interaction, Mobility and Travel, Time Management, Money Management and Shopping, Community Leisure, and Community Participation.
    • Employment Skills: This guide contains 78 instructional units designed to teach a wide range of skills needed to function in a variety of job settings. It consists of four skill modules: Job Search, Job Performance and Attitudes, Employee Relations, and Job Safety.


    Adaptive Living Skills Curriculum (ALSC) and Checklist of Adaptive Living Skills (CALS) are part of an integrated systems approach that links assessment, instruction, and evaluation. Statistically linked to the Scales of Independent Behavior-Revised and the Inventory for Client Planning, these two tools provide the link that takes you from global assessment to prescription and then to actual instruction.

    Ratings on CALS will guide the instructor in identifying the precise behavioral skills the learner has mastered and those that should be acquired in order to achieve greater independence. CALS is the first step to linking assessment with the behavioral objectives and suggested instructional activities in ALSC. Each behavior in CALS has a corresponding instructional unit in ALSC. Behaviors cover the continuum of development from infancy to adulthood.

    Use the entire system and get the full benefit of its integrated design, or choose the element or elements that meet your needs. Each element can be used independently or in conjunction with the other elements.

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    Field Review

    Instructional units in the ALSC received extensive review and application by practitioners in direct-service programs. Focus groups were utilized to obtain in-depth, interactive evaluations of the appropriateness and effectiveness of the instructional units. These procedures help ensure the relevancy of ALSC.

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