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Self-care skills are important for your child’s physical, social, and mental health. Self-care may be harder for children who have a disease, are receiving treatment, or recovering. It is important for children to remain as independent and safe as possible in daily tasks. Examples of self-care skills are:
Learning these skills helps children be more independent and confident so they can reach childhood milestones.
If your child has problems with self-care tasks, occupational therapy (OT) may help. Occupational therapists are health care providers who specialize in helping patients do the tasks of daily life. They can help your child learn new, safe ways of doing things and reach childhood milestones.
An occupational therapist may teach your child how to perform self-care tasks more easily and gain independence. They can tell you about assistive devices or tools to make daily living easier and develop a plan based on your child’s needs and situation.
Reviewed: October 2022