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Skills For Life

Learn what matters, where it matters.

At Skills for Life, we use the frameworks of disability justice and neurodiversity-affirming care to build deep and meaningful relationships with neurodivergent young adults. Through these relationships we work together to identify strengths, map priorities, deepen self-awareness, and build skills that allow our clients to realize their goals. 

Neurodiversity is the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many different ways; there is no one ‘right’ way of thinking, learning and behaving, and differences are not viewed as deficits.”

Baumer & Frueh, 2021

Our Occupational Therapists work one-on-one with clients in the spaces that matter most: their own homes and communities. This home-based approach allows us to support our clients in practicing the essential skills, habits, and routines they need in their daily lives. 

Focus of our work:

As Occupational Therapists, we are uniquely trained to facilitate opportunities for our clients to develop life skills.

Living with greater independence may include:  

Direct skill development



Habits and routines

Our Clients

  • Age 16+
  • Can set goals for themselves when given a structure to do so
  • Able to work on specific, goal-related tasks between sessions with minimal support
  • Are motivated to build new skills and make changes to habits and routines that are in service of their goals and vision
  • Commonly we work with individuals who identify as having ASD (formerly, Asperger’s), NVLD, ADHD, TBI, or other neurological and/or behavioral diagnoses.
  • We work with individuals in the Greater Boston Area.

We recognize how challenging it is to make changes and we honor the pace of our clients and families to move through the work at a speed that feels comfortable.  

Our team knows that growth never happens in isolation. We work in partnership with our clients’ families and other team members to build skills and routines together.  And, we work to build connections among our Skills For Life community through our Gatherings: regular meet-ups and opportunities to deepen belonging.