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Personal Care
aka Adaptive Living Skills

Adaptive Living Skills vs. Life Skills: What Is the Difference?

You may hear the terms adaptive living skills (ADL’s) and life skills and not know the difference. ADL’s are the first skills most people teach their children and include activities such as:

  • Using the bathroom

  • Taking a bath or shower

  • Washing hands before eating

  • Making a bed

  • Putting on clothes

  • Tying shoelaces

  • Brushing or combing hair

  • Using a fork, spoon, and knife

  • Brushing teeth

The secret to success is to give children developmental stage-appropriate experiences and provide the appropriate supports to help children be successful. When children practice adaptive living skills (ADL’s), they practice their large and small motor skills, gain confidence in their ability to try new things and build their self-esteem and pride in their independence.

Schedule your consultation call to start the steps to create a plan to help develop the specific personal care goals for your child. 

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