Editor’s Note: This article is aimed at parents and guardians and would be great to share.
[Article and Image Source: North Shore Pediatric Therapy]
Self-care skills such as brushing teeth, washing hands, and dressing are important for children to learn as they affect their everyday lives. For children diagnosed with Autism, they often experience delays in learning these skills and may need a different way of teaching to acquire them. Using some behavior analytic techniques, these skills can be taught in an appropriate way suitable for your child to be successful.
Is your child ready to perform self-care skills?
- Component skills: In order to ensure success with the desired self-care skill, make sure that your child can perform the basic skills necessary for the task. For example, for the skill of brushing teeth, this may include: pincer grasps, holding a toothbrush, moving a toothbrush in a back and forth motion, spitting out toothpaste, squeezing toothpaste tube, gargling water.
- Attending: Can your child pay attention and tolerate the duration of the skill?
- Complexity of composite skill: Can your child put together the component skills to perform parts of the desired task?