Daily living skills, also known as functional living skills, are intended to be practical, useful and helpful in a variety of settings.  When we decide which daily living skills to teach to children, we determine which skills are age-appropriate and socially significant for the child and caregivers to improve their everyday lives.  Teaching these skills is designed to help every child become active and productive members of their families and communities.  These skills may include but are not limited to:


  • personal care

    • bathing

    • brushing teeth

    • grooming

    • getting dressed

    • eating with utensils

  • basic food preparation

    • making a sandwich

    • using the microwave

    • pouring a drink

  • domestic chores

    • sweeping

    • mopping

    • wiping tables

    • sorting silverware

    • washing dishes

    • washing and folding laundry

    • making a bed

  • safety

    • holding a caregiver's hand while walking in the community

    • avoiding medicines, poisons, and other dangerous items 

  • community outings

    • going to a store and learning how to select items and pay for them

    • going to a place (i.e. movie theater, baseball game) and learning appropriate behaviors for the setting

Daily Living Skills