Visual Cues Labeling: Dishwasher

  • Situation

    I’ve tried teaching my son how to empty dishwasher. He does a good job when I talk him through it, but if I’m not standing right there, he just piles everything on the counter or puts stuff in the wrong place. I’m not sure if he is just being lazy or if he really doesn’t understand the task. How can I help him be more independent and accurate?

  • Summary

    Utilize the picture support strategy of labeling he will be able to see just where to put the dishes, glasses, and utensils.

  • Definition

    Use of labeling pictures within an environment promotes independence and positive behavior. Labeling pictures are supportive visuals that organize the environment. The visuals can be pictures, photos, words, or a combination of these.

  • Quick Facts

    • Child's Age: 6-10, 11-13, 14-17, 18+
    • Planning Effort: Low
    • Difficulty Level: Easy
  • Pre-requisites

    Know visual level child understands – photo, symbol, word

  • Process

    1. Identify environment in which to provide organization via visual labeling.

    2. Identify what to label.

    3. Attach visual labels to item (can use Velcro or tape).

    4. Model use of visual labels.

    5. Reinforce for completing the job of emptying the dishwasher.

  • Documents and Related Resources Daily Living Skills visuals

    Visual Cues and Labeling: Laundry (Similar Watson Resource)


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