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Self Care / Life Skills

Self Care / Life Skills

Self Care and Life Skills involve the most important occupations children learn as they grow. These skills are encompassed in the child's Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). ADL skills include upper and lower extremity dressing, toilet hygiene and bowel/bladder management, bathing and showering, personal hygiene/grooming, eating and feeding, functional mobility, and sleep and rest. IADL occupations are more complex than ADL skills and are vital to children and young adults to prepare for independent living. These activities are needed to participate independently in home, school, community, and work environments. IADL skills include meal preparation, community mobility, health maintenance, home management (clothing care, cleaning), shopping, and care of others and pets.

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Self-Help Educational Resources

Comprehensive self-help caregiver and staff resources can be used when collaborating with others and managing caseloads. These resources provide easy to read information about self-help skills. 


Dressing Tips - What to Expect & How to Help Your Child Learn

Self-Help Educational Resources Posted: 10.18.2015

Educational material that discusses Dressing Tips and techniques for parents/caregivers. This is a7 Page PDF. Includes detailed Dressing Tips for Lower Body Dressing (Shoes, Socks, Pants, & Shorts), Upper Body Dressing (Shirt- Overhead and open front style), and Snaps and Fasteners (Zippers, Buttons, Snaps). Also includes a one page detailed Dressing Skills What to Expect Chart, summarizing developmental Dressing Skills for age ranges 12 Months - 7 years. This amazing resource is packed full of information and Dressing Skill Tips to Help your Child Learn!

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Dressing Skills: What to Expect Next Chart

Self-Help Educational Resources Posted: 10.18.2015

Use the chart/guide as a tool to learn what step is next and how to help your child move to the next stage. Remember each child is unique and will develop at his or her own rate. Includes Dressing Skills for ages 12 Months - 7 Years.

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Early Childhood Self Help Skills Checklist

Self-Help Educational Resources Posted: 11.06.2014

A detailed screen to assess developmental status of self help skills. Conveniently organized into Sub-Sections, which Include: Self-Dressing Skills, Feeding Skills, Toileting Skills, and Personal Hygiene/Grooming Skills. Organized into age ranges 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 24-30 months, 30-36 months, 3-4 years, 4-5 years, and 5-7 years. This is a 9 PAGE High Quality Colored PDF. 

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