Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) 2017-08-25T15:07:26+00:00

Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

Activities of daily living (ADLs) are everyday activities and functions that we do in order to lead independent, healthy lives. Other terms for ADLs are “self-care skills” or “life skills.” Basic ADLs include getting dressed, brushing teeth, making the bed, using the toilet, bathing, and eating. More complex ADLs include doing housework, making meals, shopping, driving, taking medication, planning social time, managing time, and managing money. Some individuals struggle with performing ADLs. Reasons they may find these skills challenging or difficult include deficits with language, attention, or sequencing skills, or there may be issues with their behavioral needs, levels of motivation, or sensory systems. (www.superduperinc.com)For children examples of difficulties with ADLs may include but are not limited to:

For children examples of difficulties with ADLs may include but are not limited to:

  • Difficulties with feeding-utensil use
  • Picky eater (does not try new foods or foods that are messy, and frequently has tantrums during mealtime)
  • Difficulties with dressing
    • Inability to manage age-appropriate fasteners on clothing
    • Donning/Doffing clothing, socks and shoes