Teaching Life Skills

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

I was having a conversation with a co-worker the other day and we got on the subject of life skills. I absolutely love working on life skills in therapy. Don't get me wrong, playing games and and reading stories are my jam, but there's just something about life skills that brings me joy. 

 When I was working at the therapy clinic, we started a cart service. We stocked the cart full of snacks and let the kids go around and take orders and deliver treats to the other therapists. They got such a kick out of it but little did they know they were working on so many important skills!

Social skills. 
Topic maintence.
Asking questions. 
... just to name a few. 
And all of these things while using their good speech sounds!

I created a cart inventory chart by just snagging images off google that matched what we had in stock. This allowed the kids to take multiple orders and learn how to do inventory. Taking orders and recording inventory was a great skill to teach the kids that were getting closer to the age of applying for a job! Most of my students were younger, but you could also have students apply for this position and get practice making a resumé and interviewing for a job. 

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