Daily living skills are so important to learn for any child. With my autistic daughter, we were so happy to partner with Gain to help with building up her functional life skills.
As Sweet B gets older, we’re trying to help her do more things on her own. Some things, like hygiene are taking longer, but other things like putting her dirty dishes in the sink and helping me put away dishes are easier. I think it’s because it’s more systematic and easier for her to understand. But we still want to work on daily living skills so, we’re going to talk about building up daily living skills in kids with autism. Of course, one important thing to keep in mind is that one person on the spectrum, is one person on the spectrum. What works for us, might not work for you.
We generate quite a bit of laundry and while I don’t mind doing laundry, it’s something that I want to be able to teach Sweet B and Squeaker to do on their own. I’m not trying to rush them, but especially with Sweet B, I think it will be beneficial to her in the long run. I’m not sure where she’ll be in ten years but she’ll most likely still be living at home.
And that’s fine with me. She’s my daughter, I’m her mom- wherever I am, is home.
But that doesn’t mean that she can’t start doing more things on her own in the meantime.
While I wouldn’t quite trust her in the kitchen yet, we’re working on daily living skills a little bit at a time. She can help make her bed and put her folded clothes away (after I’ve folded and sorted them for her), so I wanted to see how she would do with doing laundry.
The biggest issue? Measuring laundry detergent. While it may not seem like a challenge, for her it is. It’s the pouring and keeping the cup steady that challenges her and more often than not, we’d have two very frustrated individuals in the basement- glaring at the innocent laundry detergent. It’s something so simple and so easy that I do without a second thought.
But for Sweet B, even with all of the visual help in the world or hand over hand assistance, her motor skills just don’t quite allow for her to do it yet.
Enter Gain Flings.
What’s so great about Gain Flings? They deliver an unsurpassed cleaning experience with OxiBoost for added cleaning power and a concentrated formula with 2X more cleaning ingredients than Gain liquid detergent that gives better cleaning on the toughest stains.
But would a product like this help Sweet B?
Not shown in our video was the first step of putting the Gain Flings pac in the washing machine. This step took us longer than I thought it would because she decided it was something she needed to play with first. I do not recommend letting them do this because well, it’s still laundry detergent.
We will be working on making visual cards for her to illustrate the step by step process.
Gain Flings pac in the washing machine, laundry in the washing machine, close the washing machine. Simple steps but having visual cards will definitely help her with the process.
She can’t quite reach the knobs to control the water yet so I will continue to do that for her. And well, she can’t read the settings either so that’s going to be one of those things that she’ll continue to require assistance with until I can create a good visual card for her.
Being able to do her own laundry, and mostly independently, is a huge step for Sweet B. Little by little, she’s gaining the independence in her daily living skills by being able to do every day things on her own.
And I couldn’t be more proud of her for it.