Resources for Teaching Life Skills
Below is a list of books and resources I have come across when researching ways to help teach life skills to individuals with autism. I have personally read these books and found them all to be helpful in their own unique ways. Check them out for yourself and see if they can help you think of new ways to help teach life skills.
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How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger’s by Jennifer Mcllwee Myers
I have enjoyed reading and getting to understand Jennifer’s perspective. I always want to take the time to learn from adults with Autism or Asperger’s. Jennifer’s personal experience with Asperger’s Syndrome and having a brother with autism makes her perspective doubly insightful. Jennifer can show you how to:
- Create opportunities for children to learn in natural settings and situations
- Teach vital skills such as everyday domestic tasks, choosing appropriate attire, and being polite
- Help individuals on the spectrum develop good habits that will help them be more fit and healthy
- Improve time management skills such as punctuality and task-switching and much more!
Jennifer’s straightforward and humorous delivery will keep you eagerly turning the page for her next creative solution!
by Bruce L. Baker and Alan J. Brightman
This book gives parents of children from age 3 through young adulthood proven strategies for teaching children the life skills they’ll need to live as independently as possible. Parents will start with a reader-friendly overview of the basics of teaching and then go deeper with a step-by-step guide to teaching seven different types of skills: get-ready, self-help, toilet training, play, self-care, home-care, and information gathering skills. In this fourth edition, they’ll also find helpful updates and additions, such as
- an expanded section on managing behavior problems, including guidance on identifying the problems, examining behavior, initiating a behavior management program, and encouraging alternative behaviors
- a chapter on technology that reflects recent advances and shows how to benefit from using email, instant messaging, Internet communities, search engines, and software
- a chapter on strengthening partnerships with other teachers in the child’s life during IEP meetings, through classroom volunteer work, and in everyday communication with them
Autism Life Skills: From Communication and Safety to Self-Esteem and More – 10 Essential Abilities Every Child Needs and Deserves to Learn by Chantal Sicile-Kira
This book provides advice and reflections from autistic adults across the spectrum, as well as Sicile-Kira’s own experience as an advocate and parent of an autistic teen, the book covers these ten essential life skills:
Making Sense of the World * Communication * Safety * Self-Esteem * Pursuing Interests * Self-Regulation * Independence * Social Relationships * Self- Advocacy *Earning a Living
Taking Care of Myself 2: for Teenagers and Young Adults with ASD by Mary Wrobel
This book was written for teenagers and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), this instructional book is also for parents, instructors, and therapists to help teens on the autism spectrum. The information is written in an easy-to-understand manner with simple how-to lists. This book is geared for use in an instructional or home setting for any teenager or young adult with ASD. Topics covered include: dressing for different events, feeling anxious in social situations, public versus private behaviors, staying healthy, anxiety, depression, and feeling suicidal, social media issues, sexual harassment, finding and keeping friends (including a boyfriend or girlfriend), safe and responsible sex, and deciding to have sex with a partner, and more.
We hope you find these additional resources helpful on your journey to teaching life skills. Let us know in the comments if you have any other books or resources you have found helpful!
How to Teach Teens with Autism How to Use the Microwave
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Teaching how to use the microwave is an important cooking skill to help increase independence when cooking meals. The microwave can be a great tool to make some simple meals or a great tool to use to reheat up leftovers.
How do I teach how to use the Microwave?
The first steps are to make sure you explain the safety issues when using the microwave. Make sure the individual understands how to use the microwave safely.
- Teach them about how to handle hot foods when taking foods out of the microwave.
- what types of containers can go in the microwave to heat up foods
- what types of items cannot go in the microwave
Next, you can teach them the steps of how to use the microwave.
- You will want to go over the buttons on your microwave such as how to open the door on the microwave.
- what buttons are start and stop/cancel
- how to set the time on the microwave
- as they understand the basic buttons, you can teach some of the more complex buttons as you see fit.
Once they understand the buttons on the microwave and how to open the door, you can go through the steps of using the microwave with them. You can model the steps for them and go through each step and talk through it with them. Make sure to point out some important steps with safety such as touching hot things after they are heated up or taking off foil before putting the food in the microwave.
You can use simple recipes to go through the steps of using the microwave such as some instant mac and cheese or oatmeal, or you could reheat some leftover dinner with them.
List out the steps
You can list out the steps of how to use the microwave for them in a checklist format or with pictures and words to help them visually see how to complete each step. You could also take real-life photos of them in action when using the microwave and use those photos to make a visual checklist for them! We love using our iPhone to take photos of each step on how to complete something. You could also use this idea for when you want to teach a new recipe. If they have a hard time reading the instructions of a new recipe, you could try taking pictures of them completing each step with you so that they can go through the pictures to remember each step.
We have created a FREE Printable just for you that makes this easy for you! We made a list of the steps of how to use the microwave and then we used pictures and words to create a step by step visual for them to better understand the steps to complete.
You can download your FREE copy of the Printable down below when you provide us your name and email.
We hope you find these tips helpful and we always love hearing back from you! Let us know in the comments below if you found these tips and our FREEBIE to be helpful for you! We are here for you each step of the way as you help teach life skills!
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How to Teach Kitchen Safety Skills for Teens with Autism
Kitchen Safety Skills can be a tricky area to figure out how to teach because there can be so many different scenerios when cooking. There could be different outcomes based on different situations.
One area to start with when thinking about kitchen safety is setting up the kitchen environment, especially if they are young or don’t understand what is safe to use or touch or not.
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Setting up the Kitchen
- Put knives away in an area they cannot reach.
- Try using stove locks to keep them from turning on the stove.
- Try using locks on the fridge or on the cupboards if they cannot be trusted to get food out on their own.
- Keep glass wear or breakable items in a locked cupboard or up high out of reach.
- Unplug appliances so that they cannot accidently be turned on.
- Place Stop Signs or visuals on items or surfaces where you don’t want them to go or reach towards.
You can download our free visuals for kitchen safety below and we provide you with some options of stop signs that you can print out and laminate to put around the kitchen if needed.
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Teaching Kitchen Safety
If the individual is wanting to do more in teh kitchen or has shown some interest in being in the kitchen with you, that can be a great time to work on teaching kitchen safety skills and awareness.
- You could start by teaching what items in the kitchen are dangerous and how they could hurt them.
- Show them pictures or get the real objects and model for them appropriate behavior to use when around those items.
- Teach them how to ask for help so if they do get into trouble in the kitchen they will know how to get you for help.
- You could try using You Tube Videos to show demonstrations on how to use specific items such as knife skills or how to use the blender.
- Be with them every time they want to be in the kitchen cooking so that you can help model appropriate behaivors and show them how to do specific steps.
- Use visuals around the ktichen such as step by step instructions for specific skills they are working on.
- You could use checklists as reminders on things such as what to do after cooking food or rules to follow so they don’t get hurt.
FREE Resources to help teach Kitchen Safety
We also looked on the internet for more additional free resources you could use to help teach kitchen safety skills.
Please take a look at these free resources we found on Teachers Pay Teachers to help find additional ways to teach kitchen safety skills.
“After you finish cooking…” Kitchen Safety Task Analysis Visual Life Skills by Adulting Made Easy aka SpedAdulting on Teachers Pay Teachers
Kitchen Safety Rules and Lesson Plan by Pro Chef on Teachers Pay Teachers
Cooking with Kids-Kitchen Safety Chart by Debbie Madson on Teachers Pay Teachers
Kitchen Safety Life Skills Poster Autism Special Education by Curriculum for Autism on Teachers Pay Teachers
Life Skills and Social Skills Interactive Notebook Free Sample by School Bells N Whistles on Teachers Pay Teachers
Kitchen Safety and Equipment Memory Game Matching by Jordan Sveen on Teachers Pay Teachers
How to Put out Kitchen Fires Quiz by Christine Kight on Teachers Pay Teachers
We hope you find our free visuals along with these other free resources on Teachers Pay Teachers to be helpful for you when teaching Kitchen Safety Skills. We understand the importantance of teaching kitchen safety before learning how to cook and to help keep our loved ones safe.
Please let me know if you have any questions and let me know in the comments below if these resources are helpful for you!
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Free Visuals to help with Teaching Laundry Skills
Download our FREE Laundry Skills Printable that contains the steps to complete the laundry in a checklist format, visual sequencing cards with pictures and words, teaching tips, and activity ideas!
Teaching Laundry Skills
Teaching Laundry Skills can sometimes feel overwhelming because there are so many steps involved and there are some advanced skills with understanding how to take care of certain clothes, how to fold them and organize them, and how to get out certain stains. We wanted to help make this process a little easier to teach by making you a free printable with visuals to help teach each step. We hope that these visuals can be helpful to help you teach an important daily living skill! We value the importance of teaching daily living skills in order to help individuals become more independent with their every day lives.
More Free Resources
I also wanted to offer you some more free resources that I came across when searching Teachers Pay Teachers. You will have to create an account on their website, but it is free and they have tons of great teaching resources!
Household Chores Laundry Life Skills Unit by Check In with Mrs. G on Teachers Pay Teachers
Life Skills – Independent Living Skills – LAUNDRY by Career and Life Skills Lessons on Teachers Pay Teachers
DLS Doing the Laundry Workbook by Susan Traugh on Teachers Pay Teachers
Life Skills Laundry – When to wash? by Breia Franklin on Teachers Pay Teachers
Laundry Basics by Real World Life Skills on Teachers Pay Teachers
Free Apps to teach Laundry Skills
Apps to Teach about Laundry Skills
Are you trying to figure out how to teach laundry skills? We have come across some helpful apps that may be helpful to you when teaching your child the steps to complete laundry. We have also found some games that may spark their interest in wanting to learn more about how to complete the steps of doing the laundry. Check them out below!
Free Laundry Games Apps
Basic Laundry Instruction App
Fabric Care Label App
- Laundry Pro – Google Play Created by Vladimir Makarov, Laundry Pro offers an easy to read graph of the meaning behind laundry symbols
Stain Removal App
Please let me know if you found any of these apps helpful or if there are any others that I could add to the list! Let us know below if there are any more apps to teach laundry skills need to be added.