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What life skills are you teaching your child and how are you making it successful?
When my son turned 9 years old I came to a startling wake-up call. I realized that because he has autism, sensory processing disorder, and global delays we would need to really focus on life skills or he would continue to fall further and further behind. These skills, which are taught more loosely to his developmentally-typical peers … the same skills that some kids just observe and soak in naturally in their environment … these would need to be taught explicitly to my oldest son for him to learn them and to accept them as part of his routine. For those of you who don’t know, A is almost 13 years old and this is a list of life skills that he has accomplished in the last few years. Many of these are still on his “practice” list and others he has down pat – but I’m sharing this with you today just in case you are in a place where I was just a few years ago. You need to start somewhere – so whatever stage your child is in, I’m hoping this list will give you a launching off point to help you narrow down just a few skills they could be learning right now. The key is to be intentional in whatever you teach.
- Potty train
- Wash hands
- Brush hair
- Pick out clothes
- Dress self
- Button clothes
- Shower self
- Brush teeth
- Wash face
- Choose healthy food/snacks
- Prepare snacks for self
- Prepare lunch for self
- Prepare breakfast for self
- Prepare food for others and self
- Heat up food in microwave
- Put food away in proper place
- Clean off table after meal
- Put dishes in sink
- Load dishwasher
- Unload dishwasher
- Put on shoes
- Tie shoes
- Take trash out of their bathroom
- Wipe down bathroom sink
- Wipe down toilet
- Wipe down mirror
- Clean up toys and put in toy bin
- Put away pencils and notebooks after school
- Ride a bike
- Bike and Scooter Safety (Where Helmet)
- Take a walk – learn street safety
- Mail a letter
- Retrieve mail out of mailbox
- Spray mop
- Dry mop
- Answer the phone
- Dial the phone
- Memorize phone number
- Memorize address
- Learn how to count money
- Purchase items at a store
- Shop for groceries
- Order food at restaurant
- Use a computer
- Type an e-mail
- Use a TV (remote)
- Pour liquid into a glass
- Learning to read an indoor/outdoor thermometer
- Dressing appropriately to the temperature
- Water Safety
- Learn to swim
- Make Bed
- Change Sheets
- Learn to Use Washer & Dryer
- Dust furniture
- Wipe Walls & Railings in Home
- Read Street Signs
- Read a Map
To begin just pick one of the skills. Work on this skill for the next 10 days or 2 weeks. If the life skill is especially difficult for your child you might choose to break it down into smaller steps and work on these until your child masters it. The goal is to get these to eventually become incorporated into their typical day to day routine.
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That is the dilemma in my head lately after reading a post from someone about why we should not share our children’s struggles in this age of social media without their permission. I understand the premise, however can a young child, especially one with a developmental disability, offer consent? Another post I read awhile back from someone else said they’d never share anything they didn’t want their child to read – however isn’t that putting our values onto our children? We may be open to sharing much more about ourselves than our children.
Without sharing personal stories however, will we see change? Will those in positions of power to make legislative changes truly understand if we don’t share our struggles? Will teachers, neighbours, family members or other people who work or interact with our children truly understand if we do not disclose the real and raw struggles we face each…
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What We See: Noncompliance (Not obeying rules).
What We Think: Doing it purposely, attention seeking, stubborn.
What’s REALLY Going On: Difficulty translating verbal directions into action, does not understand.
What We See: Not sitting still.
What We Think: Seeking attention, bothering others, doing it on purpose.
What’s REALLY Going On: Neurologically based need to move while learning, sensory overload.
What We See: Poor social judgement.
What We Think: Poor parenting, deviancy, doing it on purpose.
What’s REALLY Going On: Not able to interpret social cues from peers, does not know what to do in social settings.
What We See: Repeatedly making the same mistakes.
What We Think: Doing it on purpose, manipulative.
What’s REALLY Going On: Cannot link cause and effect, cannot see similarities, difficulty generalizing from one event to another.
Remember, it’s about trying differently not harder. If something does not work, try something else!
If you’ve taken a physical first aid course; you’ve learned the skills needed to help someone experiencing a sudden illness or injury.
People can also have mental health crisis, and it is important that more Canadians know how to provide help in these situations too.