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Wednesday 22 Nov 2017

Supporting Participation in the Home

Article written by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP
There are many ways to support communication and participation during typical home activities.  Use the tips below to provide meaningful experiences for your child that will both teach new skills and include them in everyday home activities.

Tip 1:  Create a household chores chart.

It is never too early to learn life-skills!  One of my friends created a chore chart for her children.  While they often need some assistance to complete their duties, they still take an active role in household maintenance.  My friend that has the expectation that her children (both have autism) will contribute to household maintenance and upkeep. Some examples might include:

  • Sorting laundry – colors, sequencing
  • Create the grocery list – writing
  • Taking out garbage, watering plants, sweeping – independent living skills

Tip 2:  Have family game night.

Playing games can teach many skills – depending on the type of game you choose and the age of your child.  Games can teach social skills such as turn-taking and teamwork.  For young children, games can teach basic concepts like colors, shapes, numbers and letters.  For older children, games can support higher level language skills and collaboration with others.

HINT:    If your child is using a Maestro or V+, Hi-Ho Cherry-O and Candyland communication pages are available in your system.  Go to the Page Navigator and use the Search feature to locate the pages.

Tip 3:  Cook a meal together.

Cooking a meal or putting together a snack for the family can teach all types of skills.  Cooking can teach sequencing (e.g., following a recipe), math (e.g., measuring) and following directions.  Cooking can also provide fun literacy opportunities (e.g., reading a recipe, writing a grocery list, etc.).

Tip 4: Include extended family members and friends.

Friends and family may not know the best way to interact with your child. You may need to spend some time teaching them the strategies that you use in the home.

Autism Speaks has some family resources guides that are available to be downloaded.

Grandparent’s Guide to Autism

Siblings Guide to Autism

Friends Guide to Autism

Tip 5: Create a visual schedule for home.

Visual schedules aren’t just for the classroom.  They can be used very successfully in the home as well.

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