Parents might begin by designing a schedule or writing down what they will do for the day. For example in the morning preparing breakfast, getting dressed and making lunch. The child can be motivated and prompted to help perform these skills. If he does not know how to make a sandwich you can prompt him with verbal instruction or demonstrate how to make a sandwich. All of the skills in the morning can be taught rather than doing them for your child and a reinforcer after completing all these task such as music or television can be given to maintain the skill. Social praise should also be paired with the skill. The advantage to the parent or caregiver is that if you teach the child to do these skills then the parent or caregiver has less to to during the morning and more time for getting themselves ready.
This type of training and reinforcement should be done wherever the child goes during the day with the parent or caregiver. For example, if you go to the gas station they might help with opening the gas cap or holding the handle to give the gas. If you go to a bank the child might be asked to get a deposit slip for you, open a door, hold your purse while you are making a deposit.
If you count every opportunity during the day you have to teach your child it will probalby be a very large money. If you wait to teach them things after work or at night you will have a couple of hours. If you teach them skills throughout the day his progress in learning basic skill will be multiplied significantly! Before you know it your child will be the helpful, independent person you always hoped he would be!