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Inability or difficulty performing independent living skills such as:
  • Shopping
  • Meal preparation and clean-up
  • Caring for pets
  • Communication management
  • Community mobility
  • Health management and maintenance
  • Home establishment and management
  • Safety and emergency maintenance
  • Religious observance
  • pre-vocational skills
  • Driving


There are many reasons a child or adolescent has difficulty with independent living skills.  Disability, illness or injury leading to decreased fine motor skills, decreased strength, impairment in movement, sensory impairment or mental incapacity may all contribute.


An evaluation with an Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and/or Speech Language Therapist may result in treatment for your child or adolescent.  At the evaluation the therapist will review your child’s medical history, discuss you and your child’s concerns and will then complete an evaluation of your child relating to your child’s overall functioning or your specific concerns.  After the evaluation the therapist will talk with you about treatment goals, the treatment plan and resources that may be helpful.  The assessment may include a prevocational/vocational needs assessment.


Treatment will include direct intervention with your child by the therapist as well as assignments for your child to perform and practice at home, in the community, or in the workplace.  Occupational Therapy practitioners may work as part of a multidisciplinary team to prepare high school students or young adults to transition to employment and independent living situations. '
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