Festive fun

This month we take a break from our series on Activities of Daily Living and focus on creating some festive decorations and treats Salty Dough Star Ornaments This easy recipe for festive star ornaments is a fun way to get children involved in the kitchen and develop their fine motor...

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Get dressed

Some children with disabilities experience difficulty performing activities of daily living (ADLs), such as eating, bathing and toileting. Here we look at the activity of dressing Dressing is an important aspect of independent and daily living. It involves a number of skills including fine motor (fastening buttons and zips); gross...

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Steps to cleanliness

Maintaining personal hygiene is important for everyone. Here’s how to encourage and assist children with disabilities to do so. Some children with disabilities experience difficulty performing everyday activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, mobility, positioning, transfers and personal hygiene. It can be a challenge for them to wash...

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Food, glorious food

We introduce a new series on Activities of Daily Living, where Emma McKinney shares tips and looks at assistive devices Some children with disabilities experience difficulty performing everyday activities, known as self-care or activities of daily living (ADLs). These include dressing, bathing, toileting, mobility, transfers, grooming and personal hygiene. The...

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Holiday Baking

With the school holidays coming up, here are some baking ideas to keep children busy Most children love to get involved in the kitchen. With a few adjustments, you can make it easy and fun for them. Some children will be able to bake completely independently, while others may need...

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What teachers should know

It is important that children with disabilities can access the schooling environment and actively participate in lessons and other activities within the school day Classroom/building layout The layout of the classroom should cater fully for a child with a physical disability. Attention should be paid to features such as floor...

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Toys for children with disabilities

Toys and dolls are wonderful for children’s imaginative play activities. Yet very few are made with children with disabilities in mind While there has been a move to making toys that represent diversity in our population (black dolls, for example), we have a long way to go when it comes...

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