Every parent thinks about her child's life as an adult. A long-range plan and well-developed life skills are needed. Consider the areas discussed in this section as you assist your child in developing the skill set to get along in day-to-day living. You may find that siblings or other family members need to step in to help the adult with special needs. The goal is, of course, to equip your child through planning, resources, learning, strategies, and a network of support to live successfully — and possibly independently.