If you're in a special education setting, particularly self-contained do you have any of the following?
- Kitchen (sink/stove/dishwasher)
- Laundry (washer/dryer)
If you do have any of the above, when do you find the time to adequately teach your students the life skills to use the appliances in the kitchen and laundry room and teach them hygiene? This was a lesson that took me all year to figure out.
The easiest way to teach a population of students with multiple and severe disabilities is to use visuals and if they are visuals that have been created using a task analysis approach, they are more likely to help.
First thing you need to do is identify what you want to teach your students and plan the step by step direct instruction. E.G. I want to teach my students dental hygiene (how to brush their teeth).
|Task Analysis of how to brush teeth.|
- Restroom etiquette
- Personal Hygiene (grooming)
- Washing Dishes
|Steps to Independence|
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