Microwave Safety Worksheet: Help Teach Autistic Students How to Use the Microwave

Microwave Safety Worksheet: Help Teach Autistic Students How to Use the Microwave

Learn how to teach the skill of using the microwave by using this microwave safety worksheet guide to help teach the steps with real life pictures.

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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.

Use the Microwave Safety Worksheet to Teach the Steps of Using the Microwave

You can get your Free Microwave Safety Worksheet to help you teach the steps of using the microwave.

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.

Microwave Safety Tips

  • Only use cookware that is specially manufactured for use in the microwave oven. Glass, ceramic containers, and all plastics that are safe to use usually will be labeled for microwave oven use.
  • Teach them about the importance of keeping the microwave clean
  • make sure to stay by and watch the food being cooked
  • make sure to watch how hot they are heating up water in the microwave
  • 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
  • You can learn about more microwave safety tips here.

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.

Write out the Steps in a Checklist

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!

I love using my 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.

Get your Free Microwave Safety Worksheet to Help Teach the Steps of Using the Microwave

You can download your FREE copy of the Printable down below when you provide your best email address.

I have created a Free Printable just for you that makes this easy for you! I 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. I also give you microwave safety tips and strategies to help with teaching as well as simple microwave recipes you can try.

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I hope you find these tips helpful and I always love hearing back from you!

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