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Washing Dishes is from Susan Traugh’s Daily Living Skills series offering transitional skills for mild-to-moderately affected special needs students and general education students alike. It is a stand-alone unit providing students with skills to understand the reason for and steps necessary for washing the dishes. This workbook serves as both a traditional print version and an interactive version using Adobe Acrobat Reader.


You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader 10 or higher installed in order to take advantage of all the interactive features of this workbook. This is a free program that can be downloaded from:


Like the other books in this series, it contains airy pages and bullet-point information for easy independent study, yet, these books, nevertheless, respect teens’ maturity and humor while presenting federally mandated transition goals and Indicator 13 skills needed for adult independence.


Written on a 3rd/4th-grade level, workbooks are meant to be self-paced and adaptable with student interests and goals driving most units. Each lesson is taught in a short one-to-four page format with follow-up worksheets/activities to check comprehension. Real-world activities are provided whenever possible.


Lessons in Daily Living Skills Washing Dishes include:


  • Why we wash dishes
  • How components of dishwashing work
  • Know your tools
  • Methods of washing dishes (hand-washing vs. dishwasher)
  • Preparing the workspace
  • Steps to washing
  • Cleaning the sink
  • Sanitizing the sponge
  • Dealing with knives
  • Pots and pans
  • Pros and cons dishwasher vs. hand-washing
  • Loading a dishwasher
  • Understanding dishwashing soap
  • Choosing a cycle
  • Finishing the job
  • Unloading the dishwasher


Additionally, this book provides a student grading sheet, answer key, and a Parent Letter suggesting at-home activities for families in accordance with federal mandates.


A preview of this book is provided here, or sample the series with our free book, Doing Laundry.

Washing Dishes - 2 Workbooks

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