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Activities of daily living; Daily self-care activities; Home living skills; Self-care; Self-help


The term “daily living skills” refers to a wide range of personal self-care activities across home, school, work, and community settings. Most daily living skills, like food preparation and personal hygiene, need to be performed on a regular basis to maintain a reasonable level of health and safety. Adaptive functioning, or an individual’s ability to care for self and function independently, is a primary consideration when supporting individuals with autism and other disabilities. Daily living skill activities include:

  • Personal hygiene and grooming

  • Dressing and undressing

  • Meal preparation and feeding

  • Mobility and transfer

  • Toileting

  • Housekeeping

  • Laundry

  • Home safety

  • Health and medication management

  • Leisure time and recreation

Children’s abilities to care for themselves have been found to correlate with intellectual functioning and may be a strong predictor of future...

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Stabel, A. (2013). Daily Living Skills. In: Volkmar, F.R. (eds) Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer, New York, NY.

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