At Le Chemin ABA, the children learn in a house. I created my center in a house because I wanted the children to feel they were coming to a home rather than to a medical clinic or doctor’s office-like setting. All of the kids love coming here. We are a family and the children learn through fun and educational activities!
All of the children participate in the everyday activities of the house. Some children are more or less physically limited than others and each child participates in our day-to-day activities to the best of his or her abilities.
In addition to table and floor activities to build communication, play, social, independent, fine motor and gross motor skills, the children learn to participate in functional activities to participate in the everyday life and upkeep of our house.
Functional activities are essential for children with autism to increase autonomy, self-help and daily living skills.
Our functional activities include :
- Feeding our therapy dogs, Violette and Chou Chou, and changing their water bowl.
- Feeding the fish and changing the water in our therapeutic aquarium.
- Changing the paper towel on the paper towel roll in the kitchen and in the therapy rooms.
- Wiping the play tables with a soapy sponge.
- Helping to make meals (we all eat together at lunchtime).
- Baking snack (we bake healthy – and sometimes not so healthy! – always organic snacks).
- Watering the flowers in our courtyard garden and inside our learning house.
One of our little gardeners at Le Chemin ABA :
Baking the best chocolate chip cookies with the kids :
Check out the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe here!
Our pampered therapy pooches :
Our therapy dog Chou Chou :
Our therapy dog Violette :
I was very excited to hear frome one of my favorite moms who blogs about her learning activities with her son, little, C, at Autism Beauty Combines. She wrote about how she was inspired by this article to create functional activities to engage her son at home. She calls her program “I’m a great helper!”. Little C is learning to water a plant each day and help tidy up at home. I get so excited when families let me know that they were inspired by something I wrote and that they are putting it into action in their home. That makes my day and is the reason that I post on this blog every day! Thank you!
How does your child participate in functional activities in your home? I would love to hear about it in the comments below! ♥
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