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Home skills checklist

SkillI can do alreadyI need practice
Use appliances (stove, microwave, toaster, dishwasher)  
Use common kitchen tools (can opener, knife, timer, and measuring cups)  
Help plan and fix meals  
Go grocery shopping  
Follow a recipe  
Put away leftovers  
Set the table  
Do the dishes  
Understand food package labels  
*For all tools and appliances, make sure you have an adult nearby to help you out.
Put dirty clothes in hamper  
Sort clothes  
Use washer and dryer  
Hand wash  
Fold clothes  
Put clothes away  
With the family
Watch TV news and discuss together  
Help take care of brother, sister, or grandparents  
Take part in family decisions  
Plan family outing  
Take care of pets  
Clean room  
Make and change the bed  
Decorate your room  
Minor repairs (change light bulb, repair or put toys together)  
Take out the trash  
Basic sewing and mending skills  
Plan fire exits and emergency procedures  
Know where candles and flashlights are  
Use a fire extinguisher  
Know how to turn water off  
Know emergency telephone numbers  
Know where extra house key is located  
Unclog the sink or toilet  
Personal skills
Use the phone  
Carry a house key  
Keep track of allowance  
Go shopping  
Have privacy in the bathroom  
Manage personal grooming (wash hair, take a shower)  
Get a haircut  
Choose the right clothes to wear  

(Adapted from Washington State, Adolescent Health Transition Project)


Content last reviewed February 16, 2011
Page last updated October 31, 2013