Communication
for Children with Deafblindness, or Visual and Multiple Impairments

Skills based Routines

For this type of routine we have a definite skill we are trying to teach. For instance, the skill of dressing means you must dress in a certain order or you might end up with your socks on the outside your shoes. There is a very definite skill set that must be learned in order to drive a car. Having said this, we should always try to infuse as much language, and real life experiences into our routines as we can. Taking into account our student’s likes and dislikes should be a big part of the process too.

student cooking pancakes on stovetop

A student cooks pancakes as his teacher observes.

Things to consider when building skills based routines:

  • Infuse as much communication as possible.
  • Embed choices so students have control over the routine.
  • Consider your students’ likes and dislikes – i.e. if they don’t like to brush teeth, what else can be included that they do like in the broader context of a grooming routine?
  • Consider your likes and dislikes.
  • Make it fun for everyone involved!
  • Make it functional!
  • Does this routine move your student closer to being independent???