Independent living skills are the activities people perform, according to their abilities, which enable them to manage their homes and personal lives. The development of independent living skills is important to all students and particularly with students who are blind and visually impaired.
Visit Product Support to learn how to buy products & services using a purchase order.
By: Carmen Willings
Updated June 9, 2019
Learning skills in the area of food preparation will help the students to become the most contributing members of their homes. It is also a great way to learn responsibility! Sorting, matching, reading labels, measuring, and many other skills can be naturally embedded in these experiences. Students should be taught from an early age to be involved in the food preparation process. Students can gather ingredients required for recipes. This will not only help the student learn to be more independent but will also help them to gain a better understanding of where food comes from and how it ends on their plate.
Observing how food changes and what is used to cause the change is a great concept and will help them understand solids, liquids, and gases. Cooking activities reinforce skills such as beginning math concepts, organization, fine motor, following directions, and early reading while having fun preparing tasty snacks.
Skills to Learn
Help the student develop skills in food preparation by teaching the student the following:
There are several methods that can be used to determine if a glass or container is at the right level:
Cutting, Dicing, and Peeling
Use a knife with an adjustable guide. Instruct the student to keep the fingers of the hand that is not holding the knife resting slightly curled on the item to be cut. To teach a student to peel, teach the student how to use a paring knife or vegetable peeler. Frequently rinsing the food being peeled can help the student identify areas that still need to be peeled.
If the student has useable vision, use color contrast and good lighting along with high contrast markings on measuring tools. It is helpful to use measuring cups that are the exact measurement so dry items can be leveled off. For tactile learners, label measuring cups and spoons with braille and/or tactile markings or place notches on the handle. Demonstrate how to measure ingredients over a larger container to catch spills.
Spreading Semi-Soft Solids
Teach the student to spread outward from the center and go in a systematic pattern: left to right and top to bottom.
Using the Stove, Oven, & Microwave
Determine if Foods are Done
Sign up for free membership to access the FREE downloadable handbooks and handouts on the Free Printables page along with access to the Goal Bank pages. Simply click on the Log In | Register link in the navigation bar. If you haven't joined yet, you will be prompted to create a password.
ECC Complete Set Bonus Pages
Purchase the TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC Complete Set and immediately unlock the pages within the ECC Complete Set Bonus including bonus printables, interactive sensory stories, interactive matching activities, interactive choice making activities, job task box activities and MORE! This is my way of continuing to support you and say "Thank you!" for choosing to purchase the Complete Set.
TVI's Guide Complete Set Bundle + BONUS Resources
Buy together and get BONUS resources!
The TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC Complete Set includes the following:
The LOTTO Cards Grab and Go Supplement includes 37 theme related unit cards along with activity suggestions that support activities within the TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC.
On My Way File Folder Cards
Print and use these cards to represent locations the student may visit that are related to the current thematic unit. Use these with the On My Way File Folder Game outlined in the TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC p. 27.
NEW! Access to TVI's Guide Bonus Membership Pages
Bonus pages include tutorials, printables, interactive sensory story downloads, and interactive choice making, matching and visual discrimination computer games (PowerPoint based interactive games), and job task activities.
All products are digital pdf downloads. Once you make your purchase you will be directed to an order confirmation page where you will find the download link. This download will also be included on the receipt sent to the email address you provide. The pdf download can be found directly under the order number. If you encounter any difficulty, please let me know and I can assist you. Once you purchase the complete set you will have immediate access to the bonus pages!
*Please contact me if you need to purchase using a purchase order. I am happy to help guide you in the process of adding Teaching Students with Visual Impairments as an approved vendor for your school or program or you can visit the product support page for information on using a PO.
Shop More Categories