We had a great summer with our Children’s and Transition Programs!  One of the areas of focus this summer was on Independent Living Skills – all the important day-to-day skills that we need as adults to take care of ourselves. But these skills aren’t just for the Lighthouse or for the Summer!  Kids need to try these activities throughout the year to get lots of repetition and practice (it truly does make perfect!)  This school year, pick one or two items from the list at the bottom of this post, and have your child complete these activities on a regular basis.

Tips for Family:

  • Don’t expect perfection: Your child might also use a different technique to complete the task (Ex: based more on tactile cues)
  • Be patient: It may take your child more time to finish the activity.  Perhaps start small – with a part of the process rather than the entire task.
  • Make it a routine and an expectation. Consistency helps to set the skill into their daily routine.
  • Ask your TVI for help: If you’re seeing your child struggle, talk to your TVI at school or the Children’s and Transition Program Coordinator at the Lighthouse. They can give you pointers on techniques that will help your child succeed!

Skills learned this summer:

  • Using a grid pattern to completely wipe down countertops, tables, and wash dishes
  • Washing, drying, and folding laundry
  • Personal hygiene skills: Brushing teeth, combing/brushing hair, using deodorant
  • Making sandwiches, cooking a meal, learning about appliances in the kitchen
  • Going to work, staying on task, keeping organized, and more!

Pick two activities from below and have your child practice these two skills throughout this school year!

Young Children:

  • Putting away books, toys, stuffed animals, etc.
  • Making the bed
  • Folding simple clothes and towels
  • Picking up dirty laundry and putting in a hamper
  • Putting away folded laundry
  • Sweeping/vacuuming
  • Feeding pets
  • Setting the table
  • Washing dishes by hand
  • Drying dishes
  • Sorting silverware
  • Dusting
  • Put things in shopping cart
  • Put things on conveyer belt at store
  • Picking out clothes to wear/getting dressed

Teenagers:

  • Changing the bedsheets
  • Doing laundry start to finish
  • Using dish washer
  • Putting away dishes
  • Mowing the lawn & other lawn care
  • Using cleaning products
  • Cleaning windows/mirrors
  • Ironing
  • Folding all clothes
  • Hanging clothes
  • Getting the mail
  • Preparing snacks and small meals
  • Using kitchen appliances
  • Assist in meal prep
  • Assist in grocery shopping and other errands

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Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All programs and services are provided at no charge to persons who are blind or who are visually impaired. We are able to provide high-quality comprehensive programs to residents of Hillsborough, Polk and surrounding counties through the generosity of various funders including the United Way Suncoast, United Way of Central Florida, the Division of Blind Services, Hillsborough and Polk County Board of County Commissioners, the City of Tampa, Grants, Special Events, and through Corporate and Individual Contributions.