Life with Down Syndrome – Functional Skills Continue to Improve

Recent research was conducted to help parents and clinicians indicated that functional skills continue to improve throughout life with Down Syndrome.

Recent research indicates that functional skills continue to improve throughout life with Down Syndrome. The American Journal of Medical Genetics published research examining the range of functional abilities found in people with Down syndrome in order to help parents and clinicians. Survey of Life with Down Syndrome A survey was conducted with 2658 parents from […]

Incorporating Life Skills as Part of a Daily Learning Routine

Known to increase confidence and communication as well as a great way to help children retain the academic information they are learning, incorporating life skills as part of a daily learning routine is a great way to help your child prepare for their future.

There is wide recognition of the importance of life skills, with 88% of young people, 94% of employers and 97% of teachers saying that they are as or more important than academic qualifications, and even more so for children with special needs. However, as many people often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, […]


5 Ways To Teach Your Children to Be Independent

5 Ways to Teach Your Children to Be Independent with Life Skills and Daily Routine. Parenting tips.

5 Ways To Teach Your Children to Be Independent As a parent, teaching your children life skills and daily activities is one tough job.  It always seems like when your life is the most hectic, you need your children to be more independent throughout the daily routine.  As a mother of 6 children, I know […]

Important Information Children Should Know – Life Skills

Important Information Children Should Know Life Skills

Important Information Children Should Know Life Skills As children move through development stages, there are many important life skills that need to be learned.  Whether it be dressing skills, toilet training, manners, etc, it takes children time and practice.  It is also crucial for children to learn important facts about themselves, their school and their […]

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Developmental Progression of Community Skills

The Functional Skills for Kids is a 12-month long series written by occupational and physical therapy bloggers on the development of 12 functional skills for children. This month the topic is community skills and this post will discuss the developmental progression of community skills.  Each month throughout 2016, we will discuss the development of one […]


Encouraging Functional Independence in Children

As therapists, teachers and parents our job is to “help children to help themselves” as Maria Montessori once stated.  Here are several tips to encourage functional independence of life skills in children: 1.  Create an environment where children can be independent.  For example, if your child is working on getting dressed, make sure all the […]

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3 Reasons Why Children Should Do Chores

Performing chores teaches children important life skills.  Here are 3 reasons of why children should do chores: 1.  Some research indicated that children who started chores at a young age, grow up to form good relationships with family and friends, to achieve academic and early career success and to be self-sufficient. 2.  Children learn empathy when […]

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Daily Living Skills in Adolescents with Autism

Autism published research examining the daily living skills standard scores on the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales–2nd edition in 417 adolescents with Autism spectrum disorder.  All participants had at least average intelligence. Using statistics, a “daily living skills deficit,” was defined as below average daily living skills in the context of average intelligence quotient. The results […]

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Teach Life Skills to Encourage Responsibility and Independence

Schools today are under an extreme amount of pressure to get students to improve test scores, follow the Common Core and get those kids on the path to college.  Reading, writing and math are crucial skills to have when going out to face the world but what about everyday life skills.  Who is teaching these […]

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Task Independence Low-Tech Versus High-Tech

Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities published research on whether a difference existed in levels of task independence when three students with autism completed food preparation tasks while self-monitoring using a low-tech treatment (paper/pencil) and high-tech treatment (iPad). The results indicated: 1. both interventions decreased the need for prompting which increases independence 2. Students […]