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  • McPherson Elementary School
  • Chicago, IL
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Children with low incident disabilities require us educators, parents, and community members to teach the necessary skills needed to be as independent as possible. Research has shown that when a child is taught skills of independence, they have a higher self-esteem, it is easier for them to advocate for themselves, and gives children opportunities to participate in their communities. At times it seems that children with disabilities are thought of as being dependent on others for their entire lives and that is just simply not true. Children learn and rise to the expectations we set for them. Teaching life skills in a structured setting will provide each child with skills to take care of themselves as they learn and grow. This life skills lab will work on taking care of household chores, for example folding laundry, taking out the trash, preparing a snack, and the list continues. The older students will be able to go to the local grocery store to purchase items on a list, bring the items to the life skills lab, put things away, and prepare snacks for their classmates. The children will have to clean up after themselves and make sure the life skills lab is maintained and cleaned.

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Children with low incident disabilities require us educators, parents, and community members to teach the necessary skills needed to be as independent as possible. Research has shown that when a child is taught skills of independence, they have a higher self-esteem, it is easier for them to advocate for themselves, and gives children opportunities to participate in their communities. At times it seems that children with disabilities are thought of as being dependent on others for their entire lives and that is just simply not true. Children learn and rise to the expectations we set for them. Teaching life skills in a structured setting will provide each child with skills to take care of themselves as they learn and grow. This life skills lab will work on taking care of household chores, for example folding laundry, taking out the trash, preparing a snack, and the list continues. The older students will be able to go to the local grocery store to purchase items on a list, bring the items to the life skills lab, put things away, and prepare snacks for their classmates. The children will have to clean up after themselves and make sure the life skills lab is maintained and cleaned.

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