These life skills activities are the perfect way to target skills like strengthening, coordination, balance and more!
If you work with a child with significant cognitive impairments who is ambulatory, you know it can be challenging to tackle specific therapeutic goal areas virtually with more traditional therapeutic interventions. Being forced to provide distance therapy has taught me many things but, probably the most important is creativity!
I have a few high school students on my caseload who have goals and objectives that focus on overall strengthening for functional life skills activities and functional mobility. As a PT, those can be really tough to work on in a 30 minute virtual session.
I have decided that the most efficient and effective way to address these areas is by providing the family with a list of functional life skills activities that the kids can do around the house. The student or child then checks off each task as it is completed throughout the week and then they get to choose their favorite and show me how they rock it during our virtual session.
It gives the child a huge sense of accomplishment and provides a sure-fire way for kids to get repeated practice in their goal areas multiple throughout the week without me even being there!
The best part about these life skills activities is that they start to introduce kids to functional life skills while also providing huge strengthening and coordination benefits.
20 Functional Life Skills Activities for Home
Create your own checklist, or use our FREE Interactive Digital Functional Skills Checklist!
1 || Take a Walk
Go for a 10 minute walk outside. Try our free printable activity challenge tracker to track those steps!
2 || Stairs
Walk up and down the stairs and retrieve an object each time until you have 5 objects. This is perfect for taking items that have been left downstairs back upstairs to the rooms where they belong.
3 || Load or empty the dishwasher.
4 || Help fold or sort the laundry.
5 || Move laundry from the washer to the dryer.
6 || Try the Special Olympics School of Strengthening and do 1 video per day.
7 || Sweep the floor.
8 || Clean the windows.
9 || Make your bed.
10 || Rake leaves.
11 || Stock the pantry after a grocery trip.
12 || Make your own lunch or snack.
Check out these tips for teaching kids to open packages and wrappers.
13 || Take out the trash.
14 || Match all of those random socks.
15 || Set the table for dinner.
Get some practice with our free table setting game!
16 || Pull weeds.
17 || Hand wash a section of the floor.
18 || Do a simple yoga routine.
19 || Wipe down a table.
20 || Change the bed sheets.
Which activities would be a fit for your clients? Leave us a comment below and let us know!
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