life skills activities

Discussion in 'Special Education' started by lucylucy, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. lucylucy

    lucylucy Rookie

    May 20, 2009
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    Aug 19, 2010

    I teach in a 1/2 "multi-intensive" classroom. Last year my students were overall much higher than they are this year. I want to take some time in the day 20-30 minutes where we are really focusing on some daily living skills like brushing teeth, etc.. Any ideas?
  3. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

    Apr 12, 2006
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    Aug 21, 2010

    SSSSOOOOO NOT my area of expertise, but here goes:

    -brushing your teeth
    -brushing/combing your hair
    -pouring cereal and milk into the bowl--eventually getting milk into the glass (tricky for the little ones when it's a new gallon container!)
    - making a sandwich
    -answering the phone (without giving away too much info)
    - answering the door (and looking first)
    - getting dressed- zippers,buttons, snaps...
    - tying shoes (eventually)
    -using the microwave (???)
    -telling time (first on a digital, then on a rotary clock)
    -reading a schedule
    - approximating time. (When my kids were little, everything was phrased in terms of "episodes"--- the number of 15 minute episodes of their favorite show something would take. So the trip to grandma's was 2 episodes, and Mass was 4.)
  4. ZoomZoomZOOM

    ZoomZoomZOOM Devotee

    May 22, 2008
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    Aug 22, 2010

    Actually, Alice gave you a really good list. I tell ya, it's funny how we take life skills for granted. You almost forget what they are when you have to make an actual list.

    Life Skill activities in my classroom (granted, I have 11-13 yr olds, so take these with a grain) include:
    - Cooking
    - Grooming
    - House Cleaning
    - Grocery Shopping
    - Laundry
    - Table Manners

    And of course all these things are broken down into tiny steps. For "the babies" as I call the little ones, I'd keep it simple: Grooming, toilet training, dressing, etc.

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