Self Care and Daily Living Skills

  • Occupational Therapists help support the development of self-care and daily living skills for children and young adults within the school setting. Self-care skills can also be referred to as Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and can be broken down into two separate categories: Basic ADLs and Instrumental ADLs. Basic ADLs include feeding ourselves, mobility, toileting, bathing, dressing and grooming. Instrumental ADLs include tasks which enable an individual to live independently within a community such as housework, meal preparation, shopping, money management, social skills and vocational skills. Nauset Occupational Therapists address these areas of development through a variety of functional, age appropriate activities and groups. These learning activities may include self-care/hygiene groups, school store, building based vocational activities, cooking groups, community shopping groups, community service groups and Breakfast Café.