At every age, children are able to participate in activities of daily living, or ADL’s. At a young age, this may mean cooperating in dressing (holding arms or foot up) or opening his or her mouth wide to have teeth brushed. As they get older, the begin to take on more responsibility for their self-care, including self-feeding, taking care of personal hygiene, and even helping with chores around the house. Many factors can inhibit a child’s ability to participate fully in age-appropriate self-care tasks, including motor skills, attention, and sensory processing.
IADLs are “Instrumental Activities of Daily Living,” which includes other life skills like meal/snack preparation, home maintenance (daily chores), and engagement in leisure activities.