Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed with just how needy your students are? We definitely would need more than 24 hours in a day if we were going to design a program that meets all of their needs… yeah, right! What can you do??? Find activities or tasks that target multiple skills at once. Here is a fun way that I integrate life skills, language practice and sensory integration.
Here is an EASY way to target multiple areas all at once….
The goal of my lesson was for students to identify items that could be purchased at a grocery store and where the items go once they are bought, use complete sentences to communicate to peers, answer WH questions, attend to peers, and complete sensory motor tasks correctly. That’s a LOT!!
Set up of the activity was quick and easy. First, I scattered the pictures cards we were using on the floor in one corner of the classroom. Our picture cards were of items you can buy at the grocery store.
Then, I set up sensory motor tasks leading from these pictures across the room to the sorting mats. On this day, students had to go through the squeeze machine, across sensory stepping stones and jump in and out of 3 hula hoops in order to get to the sorting mats.
The first thing the student had to do was to go pick an item to “buy” from the grocery store (see above picture). Then, the students had to tell the rest of the class the item they bought at the grocery store in a complete sentence. Next, the student brought their picture with them through the sensory course to the sorting mats.