Functional Skills for Kids

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As an Occupational Therapist, function is the number one goal for working with clients. Whether in the school, clinic, acute setting, or home, all goals of an Occupational Therapist revolve and are based on functional skills. 


One thing about occupational therapy professionals is that we love to be creative. I love to use my experience and knowledge to come up with creative ways to meet common goal areas. Take a look around this site and you will find everything from DIY pencil grips to a “egg-cellent” way to work on shoe tying.

Be sure to check out this massive shoe tying resource, too.

Whether there is a diagnosis or not, a developmental delay or not, or just an area of weakness or strength…Kids can build on their strengths to modify, adapt, and address goal areas with one thing in mind: Functional Independence.
 
This is a place to guide you to areas of functional skill with hopes to bring kids closer to confidence and independence.



This is the place where you will find all of activities designed to promote functional skills of kids. From handwriting to scissor skills, to dressing, and self-care:  click around to find a lot of ideas to build independence, adapt, accommodate, and modify functional skills.




Functional Skills for Kids and independence in kids for self-care tasks like dressing, feeding, clothing fasteners, and more.
 
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Functional Skills for Kids and Childhood Independence



Functional Skills for Kids series by Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist bloggers


Handwriting Functional Skills


Scissor Skills


Self-Dressing Skills


Shoe Tying


Zippering


Buttoning


Toys to Help Kids Learn to Dress Themselves


Potty Training


Kids Cooking Tasks

Play


Self-Feeding

Functional Skills for Kids and independence in kids for self-care tasks like dressing, feeding, clothing fasteners, and more.

 

You’ll love these resources on helping kids thrive in all aspects of theri occupational performance:

the handwriting book The OT Toolbox
The Handwriting Book is a resource for meeting the needs of every individual when it comes to all aspects of handwriting.
The Toilet training Book, a developmental look at potty training from the OT and PT perspectives
The Toilet Training Book is a developmental look at potty training from the perspectives of occupational therapy and physical therapy practitioners.
scissor skills book
The Scissor Skills Book teaches all aspects of cutting with scissors, from form to function.