Practical ways to Independence
Small steps towards independence can be taken at an early age to help promote confidence and self-determination. Here are some ways you can encourage independence with care of self and care of environment.
Care of Self
- Dressing themselves
Give your child the opportunity to select their own outfit by providing 2-3 appropriate choices. Provide them with the extra time needed to dress themselves including shoes and jacket. An easy trick for teaching them how to put on their jacket is the jacket flip. Lay the jacket on the floor with the tag facing the ceiling and have your child stand near the collar. The child bends over and puts their arms in the jacket and then flips the jacket over their head.
- Personal Hygiene
Provide step stools and low towel racks in the bathroom so that your child can independently wash and dry their hands. Place a box of tissues near a low hanging mirror where they can practice cleaning their nose during the color winter months.
Care of Environment
- Care of environment
Store child friendly placemats, dishes, cups and silverware in low drawers so they can help set the table before dinner. Have small dust pans and wash clothes available for them to clean up their own spills. Teach them how to sort/fold the laundry.
- Clean Up
Store all toys in a basket on low, open shelves. Offer a smaller selection of toys and trade them out as needed. Encourage your child to use only one toy at a time. Once they are done with a particular toy, they must clean up all the pieces and return it to the shelf before choosing another activity.