Self Care Skills


A booklet that explores self-care skills and how to help a child or young adult who has motor and sensory processing difficulties.

Self-care skills are an important part of development and involve lots of different skills.  This booklet explores how self-care skills develop and includes lots of practical advice.  It explores how to support a child who experiences difficulties with dressing, washing hands, cleaning teeth, bathing and showering, cutting nails, brushing hair, haircuts, toileting, sleep, eating and drinking.


I am an occupational therapist who has worked with children and young adults since 1999.  My clinical experience includes a wide range of needs, including complex physical disabilities, learning difficulties, developmental delay, autism, issues with attachment and trauma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, social and communication problems, and issues with social, emotional and mental health needs.  Many of the children and young adults that I support have difficulties with sensory processing, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, handwriting, and self-care skills.

I am very aware that parents and staff use information from different sources.  The information that is available is vast, can be overwhelming, and is time consuming to read.  I have written the booklets as a comprehensive resource for parents and staff based on my extensive clinical experience.  They are designed as a quick reference or to read in depth.  Each booklet has key points to guide the reader and follows a similar format.  There are handouts at the end of each booklet with lists of books, resources and websites.  The booklets are useful for parents, school staff, students and professionals who work with children and young people.  Please consult your local occupational therapist for specific advice as children or young people are individuals and learn or approach tasks in different ways.


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