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Activities of Daily Living

Did you know that we have a whole page of ideas on teaching activities of daily living on the Active Learning Space website, with video demonstrations and activity ideas?  These activities include eating, bathing, brushing teeth, toileting, washing hands, dressing and undressing, grooming and more!
toothbrushes and straws
A variety of different types of toothbrushes and straws

The more opportunities your child has to explore materials used in activities of daily living and to practice individual skills required to complete these routines, the less stressful these activities will become for the child.

General Guidelines

  1. Work on skills related to activities of daily living at times and in settings other than during the actual event. For example, practice skills related to eating at times other than during the actual meal when getting adequate nutrition becomes the important goal for the child. This also allows the child opportunities to practice without someone watching or attempting to "show" him/her the proper way to do it.
  2. Make activities fun and interesting to the learner based on his/her preferences related to sound, textures, shapes and so forth.
  3. Provide many opportunities throughout the day for the child to practice skills related to activities of daily living. This includes things like grasping, kicking legs, putting things on their heads and taking them off, moving arms, and bringing things to their mouths. 
  4. Be mindful of your pace during the actual activities of daily living. Give the child lots of time to complete a single piece of the activity before prompting him or her. Some children may be able to do more if given plenty of time to try.

Videos Demonstrating Activities of Daily Living

We have many videos showing activities and tips for ADL and we invite you to explore them all We share a few here to help you get started.
In this video, a young boy uses a buncher to hold his spoon independently.  Learn how to make your own buncher!
A boy reaches for toothbrushes and spoons that are standing in a piece of styrofoam
In this video, a boy practices pulling toothbrushes and spoons out of a piece of styrofoam. This gives him an opportunity to work on grasping and releasing items while exploring their differences and similarities.
Try making a tabletop mobile with toothbrushes and other types of brushes.  This allows the learner to explore them in a leisurely way outside of the regular toothbrushing routine.

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