What are Self-Care Skills?

Self-care skills, also known as self-help skills are the daily tasks in a child’s life (eg: eating, dressing, grooming).

Self-care skills include:

  • Washing hands
  • Brushing teeth
  • Eating with utensils
  • Making the bed
  • Getting dressed
  • Brushing hair
  • Tying shoes
  • Button clothing

Parents and caregivers often help their children with self-care skills; however, it is important to encourage children to become as independent as possible within these areas. Self-care tasks and experiences give children the foundation for many school related skills including organization, planning, sequencing and independence.