Self-Care Skills

Self-care activities, also known as activities of daily living (ADLs), are essential skills that children need to learn to become independent and function successfully in daily life. These activities can include feeding, toileting, dressing, grooming, and mobility. As children mature, becoming independent with their self-care activities, allows them to take responsibility for their own well-being and develop a sense of competence and self-esteem.

Is your child dependent on you to help them brush their teeth, get dressed, or use the washroom? Do they wait for help from an adult for self-help tasks their peers can do?

If your child is not progressing with skills related to the following areas, it is best to seek help early to determine ways to support them in developing their independence.

  • Feeding
  • Toileting
  • Dressing
  • Grooming & Hygiene

What can we do?

Occupational Therapists are trained to assess and analyze a child’s underlying skills and abilities, as well as their environment and the specific task at hand. They can use various assessment tools to determine areas where the child may require support to develop the skills needed to improve their independence.

Based on the assessment results, Occupational Therapists can provide specific recommendations and treatment options to help the child develop the necessary skills to perform self-care activities independently. This may include providing adaptive equipment or modifying the environment to make the task easier or more accessible for the child.

Why Butterfly?

We recognize that every family and child is unique, and that a one-size-fits-all approach may not be effective in promoting independence in self-care activities. A strengths-based approach, which focuses on identifying and building on the strengths of the child and family, can be a powerful way to support the child’s self-care development and achieve meaningful outcomes. We can also coach parents and caregivers on how to work towards next steps, and provide strategies to motivate the child’s participation in their self-care activities!

To book an assessment or for more information on Self Care please email or call us at 905-206-0300.

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