Blog #251~DS-ASD: Independent Living Skills at Home
As a parent, teacher and caregiver, how do you help a child reach their full potential and become as independent as possible? I am a parent of a 29 year old son who has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism (DS-ASD). I work daily with my son Nick, on how to be responsible and do things independently. This gives him a sense of accomplishment and belonging. Last week’s blog focused on how to teach skills and jobs you can introduce in the kitchen. Click here to view: https://wp.me/p2ke99-3aS
This week, I have a full list of jobs for the kitchen, laundry and around the main floor living area.
Home Management Skills:
- Cleaning up toys, putting away in bin/basket
- Sweeping/ mopping the floor
- Vacuuming the floor
- Dust furniture
- Throwing away items in the trash
- Taking out the trash
- Empty out recyclables and can crushing
- Taking garbage and recycle bins to the curb
- Picking up the mail
- Wiping off countertops and windows
- Set the table
- Assist with meal planning, food preparation and making choices of food and snacks
- Washing dishes
- Loading and unloading the dishwasher
- Feed pets
- Put dirty clothes in the hamper
- Carry and load laundry into washer and dryer
- Folding clothes
- Put away clothes
- Hang up coats
- Making the bed
- Bring in and put away groceries
- Water plants
In last week’s blog I mentioned the that these jobs didn’t happen overnight. We have built on these for many years. I suggest you start small and use lots of praise and rewards. Over the years we have modeled the jobs ourselves, used visuals, and video modeling to teach these tasks. It can be very beneficial to work with a BCBA behaviorist who can help you target skills, by meeting the child where they are at, breaking down the task and using the hand over hand technique as well as point prompts to support the child.
These home management skills will help to build self-esteem, along with a sense of ownership and belonging. Building a skill set of independence will give your child housing options when they become an adult. The next blog will move into the bathroom and include some personal hygiene skills. We hope that you feel inspired as a parent, teacher or caregiver to help your child to reach their full potential.
That’s what is in my noggin this week.
For more information on navigating co-occurring DS-ASD. Click here to order: https://amzn.to/2W3Un6X
Follow on Social Media: