Susan Noyes PhD, OTR/L
Our research question was, What factors impact life skill development in adults with intellectual disability?
The direction of this project was selected by the suggestion of a local community partner, Momentum Maine. After a thorough investigation of the best available evidence retarding this topic, several conclusions were reached. The level of supervision provided to an adult with intellectual disabilities was found to significantly affect life skill development, as an unduly high level impeded growth. The themes that arose from the literature were appropriate levels of supervision, independent living environment, training in interpersonal skills, physical activity and later life and time of growth. Some future recommendations for Momentum would be to continue with participant involvement when it comes to selecting leisure activities they are to participate in, and continue providing social and communal involvement to participants. In addition, allow participants the independence to complete tasks in which they are able to as severe oversight has proven to not be beneficial to life skill development. The results of the evidenced-based literature review indicate that much research still needs to be done focusing on adults with intellectual disabilities.
Holevatz, Jack and Yattaw, Elizabeth, "An Exploration of Life Skill Development in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities" (2018). Thinking Matters Symposium Archive. 158.