How To Integrate Life Skills, Language Development & Sensory Motor

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 a fun and easy way to target multiple skills with very little prep time. This idea is perfect special education classrooms, self-contained classrooms, sped teachers, and speech therapists.


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.

Here is a fun and easy way to target multiple skills with very little prep time. This idea is perfect special education classrooms, self-contained classrooms, sped teachers, and speech therapists.


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.

Here is a fun and easy way to target multiple skills with very little prep time. This idea is perfect special education classrooms, self-contained classrooms, sped teachers, and speech therapists.


Here is a fun and easy way to target multiple skills with very little prep time. This idea is perfect special education classrooms, self-contained classrooms, sped teachers, and speech therapists.

Here is a fun and easy way to target multiple skills with very little prep time. This idea is perfect special education classrooms, self-contained classrooms, sped teachers, and speech therapists.


Once through the hula hoops, the student has to put the picture on the correct mat. For this activity, students put the item they bought at the grocery store in the correct part of the house. There were 4 mats out to choose from:

Here is a fun and easy way to target multiple skills with very little prep time. This idea is perfect special education classrooms, self-contained classrooms, sped teachers, and speech therapists.


So, how did we fit in the long list of targets we had?? Easy! While students were making their way through the sensory equipment, we asked the other students WH questions...

Here is a fun and easy way to target multiple skills with very little prep time. This idea is perfect special education classrooms, self-contained classrooms, sped teachers, and speech therapists.


In order to answer our questions, the students had to listen and attend to the student who was taking a turn instead of zoning out. 

While we use cards from the Grocery Store Unit, this type of activity could easily be used with any picture cards you wanted to have students sort. We often use the language concept cards that are included in each of our Theme Units Bundle.

Here is a fun and easy way to target multiple skills with very little prep time. This idea is perfect special education classrooms, self-contained classrooms, sped teachers, and speech therapists.




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