10 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Independent Life After High School | SKILL #8

SKILL #8
INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS

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If you’re anything like me, you don’t want to be fluffing and folding your child’s laundry for the rest of your life. So start instruction early. Be prepared for repetition. Only with practice will these new skills be mastered.
 
This can be one of the easier chores to teach kids on the spectrum, since it involves activities they often enjoy—sorting [whites, colors, towels] and repetitive tasks. My son is our official “towel folder” and I find great comfort in knowing he’s mastered this skill.
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So continue to prepare your child for life after high school and transition to independent adult life by teaching basic laundry skills. Wash, dry, fold, repeat. 
 
SKILL #8 – Teach Your Child To Do His Own Laundry. 
·         SORT
a.      Whites, colors, towels
·         LOAD WASHER
a.      Teach how to load your machine
b.      Measure out the soap, fabric softener
c.       Set the settings and turn on
·         LOAD DRYER
a.      Transfer clothes to dryer
b.      Check/clean the lint filter
c.       Set the settings and turn on
·         FOLD CLOTHES AND PUT AWAY
a.      Some items may be difficult for some kids to fold—especially if they
         have fine or gross motor issues. If so, make it a team effort.
b.      Then put the folded clothes away.     Image
 
And just remember, it all comes out in the wash!
 

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