I have been teaching special education for the past 15 years and have often heard teachers not wanting to teach life skills explicitly. Achieving independence is the single most important thing that we can teach to students with special needs.
Neurotypical students learn basic functional life skills by imitating their peers, teachers, and other people in their lives. Many of our students, especially autistic students, struggle with these imitation skills and need that explicit life skills instruction.
Teach Life Skills Explicitly
It is never too early to start introducing functional life skills to your students. Remember, this is definitely NOT all that you need to be teaching. Academic skills are still very important and should be taught every day.
After struggling for a long time on how and what to teach, I finally created materials from scratch on how to teach basic functional life skills. I wanted a way to integrate these basic life skills into what I was already teaching. I decided to divide the life skills into 12 different categories that I could teach over the course of 12 months.
Year Long Life Skills Curriculum
Functional Life Skills Curriculum
I like to store my units in these large scrapbook cases! That fits everything in there, plus there is room for me to add extra things like real money or toothbrushes, depending on which unit it is!
You can grab the entire functional life skills curriculum in my TpT shop!
What does each unit come with?
- lesson guidelines
- blank monthly and weekly at a glance
- sample IEP goals to match the content
- related worksheets (including cut and paste activities)
- adapted books and social stories
- differentiated assessments
- parent letters
- task boxes
- file folder games
- visual aids
- student awards for mastery
- data tracking sheets
- craftivity (related crafts and writing activity) – available in some units
- and more!
Task Boxes for Life Skills Curriculum
My favorite part of all of these units in this curriculum is all the task boxes that you get. I am obsessed with using them in my independent work systems!
They are so easy to store and use and my students think they are playing games but they are learning.
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Don't forget, that you can purchase each of these units separately, however, you will be missing out on the 30% discount if you purchase the bundle.