When should I expect my child to complete daily tasks independently?

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Welcome to episode 55 of The Sensory Project Show! Today, Rachel and Jessica dive into what is the “normal” age for kiddos to complete various activities of daily living (aka ADLs). They reference a tool called the REAL - the Roll Evaluation of Activities of Life - as well as provide you with some of their favorite tips, tricks, and strategies to help your child progress in their ability to complete these daily tasks more successfully and independently. Enjoy! 




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Rachel Harrington, a pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant and owner of The Sensory Project, along with Jessica Hill, a pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant, health coach entrepreneur, and mother, answer your questions related to all things sensory, occupational therapy, parenting, self-care, nutrition, and health, from a therapist’s perspective. Providing raw, honest, fun ideas, and strategies, for parents and families to implement into daily life.


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