By: Becki Lauzon, M.A., CRC
Transition Specialist and Consultant
“How do I get my student to transfer the skills they are learning in school to the home environment?” This is a question that almost every parent thinks about and asks for suggestions on. I wish I had a simple answer and something that could solve this for each and every student that I have worked with over the years. As you know, every student and home environment are different, so the first step is to individualize the process and see what works best for both the student and the family. Below are some suggestions for two transition areas that have worked, including some resources.
- Ask your student’s teacher what skills they have been working on at school, if a checklist or visuals are used, and what specific products they use (i.e., Swiffer, broom, vacuum, steamer, etc.). It is always best to try to have similar products at home so the student can generalize better.
- If you are thinking about having routine chores that need to be completed in the home, ask the teacher to preview it first at school to get a better understanding of the level of support your student requires.
- Video modeling can be quite helpful. Have a teacher videotape your student completing some domestic skills in the school environment, and when you are ready to try at home, begin with showing them the video. If you are not able to get a video, there are plenty of video modeling resources out there, including many free videos on YouTube of others doing domestic skills.
- Other helpful resources:
- If your student uses a visual recipe in the classroom to learn how to cook, ask the teacher for copies of the exact recipe after it has been mastered in the classroom.
- Try to have similar cooking tools in the home kitchen that your student uses at school.
- Start with something basic and that your student likes. It is more of an incentive if they will enjoy eating the end product!
- Some families choose one night a week that their student cooks with the family or by themselves. This will help build a routine, as well as having your student contribute as an active member of the household.
- Another motivator for some students is to have a family member take a short video or photo of them cooking (or the final product) so it can be shared with their teacher or other family members. I can’t tell you how much of a confidence booster this has been for students who I have worked with!
- Other helpful resources:
- https://accessiblechef.com/ (this is a favorite of mine that I use in the classroom and have shared with families to use at home!)
About the Author
Becki Lauzon, M.A., CRC, works with teens, young adults and their families out of the Newton, MA and Plainville, MA offices. Lauzon has unparalleled experience as a Transition Specialist, Transition Consultant and Vocational Program Coordinator. Lauzon will be providing transition assessment (including testing, functional evaluations and observations) consultation, case management, training and professional development for schools; and transition planning, consultation and coaching for transition-aged students and their parents.
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