Ask Special Parents: Learning from Chores
Learning from Chores
ADVICE NEEDED: My son is 2 years old and developmentally delayed. He has recently started showing interest in helping with putting his clothes away and I was wondering if there was any way I can help him learn from this small “chore?” I had the idea of putting pictures as well as names of what is in each drawer of his dresser. Thank you in advance.
Many great ideas were shared like:
Pictures helped tremendously for my son. I also teach pre-k special ed. and use pictures. You can also make a small visual schedule with pictures to help him learn routines.
~ Allison Riley
Providing visual supports with the written word can help promote literacy, improve categorization, expand vocabulary, and help with association. You can take the photos yourself, or, use a program such as Boardmaker.
~ Rebecca Ives Eisenberg
This is a great idea. We did this with our son and went one step further. We emptied one drawer and called it his “get ready” drawer. In the evening he would help us pick his clothes for the next day. In the morning, my son had everything he needed to get ready for the next day. It really helped create independence and a sense of pride for my son.
~ Linda Vaughan
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This post originally appeared on our July/August 2013 Magazine