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.
- Grooming & Hygiene