Independent Living Skills Teacher Resources

Prepare learners with disabilities for success when it comes to independent living skills. Browse curriculum on everything from basic kitchen tools and grocery shopping to home safety and financial literacy.
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Cooking and Kitchen Tools

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Independent living skills and skills that can be used to gain employment are very important for any learner. Teens with visual impairments explore the kitchen to understand what everything is and what it all does. The lesson includes a...
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Cooking Skills: Special Education

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Using the microwave, boiling water for pasta, and using a knife to make a sandwich are all independent living skills. Prepare your special needs students for life by having them prepare three easy-to-cook items. Each skill is laid out as...
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Understanding the Body, Day 3: Sexual Health & Hygiene

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Ideal for secondary moderately disabled special ed students, this lesson focuses on personal hygiene and self-care. They discuss a case study and role-play to introduce the importance of good hygiene then discuss current appropriate...
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Ham and Cheese Puffs

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
A simple cooking recipe can become an entire lesson when you have your class discuss following directions, measuring, and basic cooking skills. Intended for a special education audience, this simple dish can help build basic independent...
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Integrated Skills - Laundry

For Teachers 6th - 12th
I hate doing laundry, even if it is an independent living skill that requires me to count money, follow a sequence, and sort clothing by color. Learners with multiple disabilities discuss what laundry is, why they need to do it, and how...
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Grocery Shopping

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Grab those reusable bags, it's time to go shopping! Intended to foster independent living skills in learners with visual impairments, the lesson covers several topics related to grocery shopping. They start by planning a meal, reading...
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Kitchen Appliances and Utensils: Home Living / Daily Living

For Teachers 9th - 12th
There are so many different types of tools we use in the kitchen, everyday. Help your special needs learner discover how to recognize, identify, and use various kitchen utensils and appliances. Using picture cards and drill prompting,...
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Purchasing Items Using the Next Dollar Strategy

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Drill and practice is the method of teaching for today. Special needs pupils practice rounding to the next dollar value when purchasing an item at the store. They are shown flash cards with a monetary value, they then have 3-5 seconds to...
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Model Me Going Places 2

For Students K - 12th
Social stories are wonderful teaching tools specifically designed for learners with Asperger's, autism, PDD-NOS, non-verbal learning disabilities, or other developmental disabilities. They are used to model appropriate social behaviors...
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Purchasing Skills

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
After a videotaped training session, individuals with special needs practice purchasing skills. They view the video, discuss what the person in the video is doing, and then practice purchasing an item at a real store. The video session...
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Resources & Review, Day 1: Resources

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Prepare your secondary special ed class for a life of independence. Part of independent living is knowing how to ask for help and where to go. They review the times they need help, the type of community resources available, and practice...
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Using Counting-on Strategy for Purchasing

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Intended for learners with autism and developmental disabilities, this lesson uses the strategy of counting-on to enhance independent shopping skills. Learners will practice counting on to the next dollar value in order to purchase items...
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Cooking Skills Using Self-Prompting

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Prepare three different simple meals with your special needs class to prepare them for an independent life. They watch a video of a person preparing three different meals, they pause the video, complete the steps, then push play when...
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Completing a Chore List

For Teachers 2nd - Higher Ed
Children with autism can benefit from a regular schedule; Why not have them complete a chore as part of their daily routine? Provided here are the necessary steps to assisting autistic learners complete one, two, and then three daily...
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Home Living/ Daily Live: Fire Safety

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Learners with special needs discuss the importance of fire safety. They visit smokey.com, discuss where fires commonly occur, and how to prevent them. They then practice responding to a fire-related emergency.
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Laundromat Skills

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
The worst part of the week is trying to scrounge quarters for the laundromat. Make the task of cleaning laundry an easy one for your high-functioning special needs learners. You take a trip to a local laundromat to practice using coin...
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Souper Wheelies: Recipe Activity

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Your special education class can use this simple recipe for more than just cooking. They'll find correctly spelled words, put words from the recipe in ABC order, circle the correct measurement, and identify items that are in recipe by...
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Home Living/ Daily Living: Cooking Mastery

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Learning to cook, follow directions, and presenting information are skills every body needs to know. Learners complete a recipe-in-a-jar activity to hone these life skills. They follow the directions, choose and use correct measurement...
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Home Living / Daily Living: Nail Care

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed
Nails can get really dirty really fast. Prepare your special education class for life on their own by introducing them to a regular nail care routine. They discuss why it is important to care for your nails and practice washing,...
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Home Living/Daily Living: Selecting an Outfit

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
When people make clothing choices, they should be attempting to buy clothes that are the proper size. Unfortunately, for most that is a skill that they have never been taught. Make sure your special education learners can purchase...
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Home Living/ Daily Living: Food Pyramid

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
What did you have for lunch? Did it contain all four food groups? Help your special education class make good food choices and recognize foods in each of the four food groups. They look at images and discuss the foods on the food pyramid...
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Home Living / Daily Living Lesson Plan—Mastery Healthy Food

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Everyone needs to know how to eat well to stay healthy. Learners with mild disabilities log what they eat, discuss food choices, and review healthy foods. The lesson plan could be used to foster living skills in high-functioning...
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Preventing Home Accidents

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Learners with special needs who are heading out into a community-based living situation need to know how to prevent home accidents from happening. They visit a real apartment and discuss the types of accidents that could happen due to...
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Home Living / Daily Living: Shopping List

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Talk with your pupils about the importance of staying focused at the grocery store. Your special education class will discuss how to create and use a shopping list. They will make a shopping list and pretend to use it in a role-play...

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