Top 5 Chores for Students with Autism

Top 5 Chores for Students with Autism

“Prepare the child for the path…”

Promoting chores in your household is such an incredible way for students to practice various skills and break down large goals into more manageable tasks. By completing chores and practicing small tasks over time, this will promote independence, boost self-confidence and allow for children with Autism to be an active participant in their home environment and later on, out in the community. 

Chores have had mixed reviews in the past. Some people people look at chores as a hassle or something they avoid or postpone doing. However, household duties, tasks and chores around the house, enable us all to help and feel part of the family, the community and a responsible, capable person. Did you know chores can be turned into fun, exciting activities for kids, especially young children who like to take part in helping their family members?

Chores can be a great way for students to interact with their family and feel a sense of capability and accomplishment too…!

Practicing skills through household chores is a great way to focus on specific targets and long-term goals too! Here are the Top 5 Chores for Students with Autism and ways you can implement these as part of your child’s or student’s daily program:

  1. Having the Responsibility of a Pet.

Children of all ages can benefit from having a pet. They can participate in chores at different age levels to help support their pet, such as by feeding, walking their pet, tidying their pet’s toys by picking up them and putting it into a box, and brushing their pets hair. This is a way for children with autism to bond and develop a sense of belonging. 

2. Tending to a Garden.

Watering plants is something that children and people of all ages can do to help around the house! Children with Autism can take care of the garden, dig and plant new seeds, water their plants on a schedule, this routine can help them to develop hobbies and interests and responsibility. 

3. Learning to Empty a Dishwasher.

Depending on your child or student’s age, emptying the dishwater is a great chore that can teach sorting, how some items are breakable, good hygiene and fine motor skills, as they will have to carefully take cutlery out, so it doesn’t fall. It can be done in a fun way and working with dishes can help set them up for success later on. 

4. Participating in Meal Prep Chores.

Meal prep is a great way for students with Autism to develop sequencing skills, fine motor skills, practice sensory regulation and so much more! It is a time where you can work on developing motor skills through simple cutting tasks, such as cutting a sandwich in half or even spreading on some peanut butter. You can also work on pouring, measuring and academic skills too!

5. Adapting and Designing the Perfect Environment.

Adapting and designing an environment for children with Autism is so important. Teaching them how to organize and tidy their area, make their bed, keep a clean, calm space, can contribute to their overall developmental progress. 

If you need support to help you get started, Pieces by Natalie Castro is offering an EXCLUSIVE easily accessible online course with strategies to help you to adapt and design the best environment for your children to practice their chores and tasks in an appropriately stimulating, calming environment, one that promotes independence too!

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