Helping Your Child Understand the Importance of Self-Care Skills
Self-care skills are something that all children must learn eventually. These types of skills are strong building blocks toward independence and learning to complete necessary daily tasks on their own.
Self-care skills, including personal hygiene, household chores, and communication development can all be taught with the help of our Dickinson, Killdeer, and Richardton, ND pediatric physical and occupational therapists.
Developing healthy self-care skills
It is important that children develop healthy self-care skills early, but some children may find this more difficult than others.
By helping your child understand at a young age why personal care, chores, and communication are all important life skills, you can help them to better become a more rounded person as they age.
As stated by the Autism Awareness Centre,
“It’s important to practice chores to work towards greater independence. Some chores can also be worked into a sensory diet. Having a child do household chores makes them feel they are contributing members of the family.”
Certain daily tasks can also help your child with the development of fine and gross motor skills that they may be lagging in.
Your child’s physical and occupational therapists will work with you to develop strategies to help your child build important skills such as grooming (brushing teeth, combing hair, etc.), feeding (using utensils and napkins properly) and dressing independently, as well as improving social skills, fine motor skills, and visual perception skills.
Guided strategies that you can use at home and at your child’s school will also be provided. Strategies will be adjusted over time as your child learns new skills and is able to function more independently.
Ready to get started?
If your child is falling behind a bit in regards to self-care skills, our Dickinson, Killdeer, and Richardton, ND pediatric physical and occupational therapists are highly trained and experienced in helping.
At Therapy Solutions, we will work with you and your child to guide them on the right track toward social, emotional, and physical development. Contact us today to get started!