Teaching your child how to take care of themselves and be independent is a goal for most parents.
In Occupational Therapy we strive to make our kids as independent with self-care skills as possible. Self-care skills are everyday tasks such as toileting, bathing, grooming, and dressing, and are commonly referred to as activities of daily living (or, ADL’s).
Basic ADLs that we work on in PAAC OT include:
We work on using utensils to become independent with feeding.
We work on selecting and putting on appropriate clothing, managing buttons, zippers, and snaps.
In OT we can work on oral hygiene and some of the sensory components that go with it.
Delays in self-care independence could be directly related to how a child is performing in fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing, or other areas of impact. An OT eval and treatment plan will help work on these target areas so our kids can become as independent as possible.