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Independence Skills Videos

Welcome to the Independence Skills Video Library. We really hope you and your child will find these resources useful.

Children who have motor coordination difficulties can find everyday tasks such as dressing, brushing teeth, tying shoe laces and using a knife and fork really difficult. Our videos teach everyday skills using a step by step approach. Ask your child which skill they would like to get better at and start with their chosen skill. Find a quiet moment, free from distractions to watch the video together with your child. Some of the videos are more suited to younger children and some to older children.

Dressing

Here you can find videos to learn how to put on tops, trousers, socks and even your school tie. You can also learn how to turn clothes the right way round.

If you like puppets, learn with Pollyanna or learn along with our Therapy Staff instead.

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Zips

It can be really tricky learning how to engage a zip at the bottom before pulling it up. We suggest you place the item of clothing on a table in front of you so you can easily see the zip. Once you get really good, you can try putting it on and zipping it up. Here are some videos which teach you how to do it. There are also some step by step picture guides to follow while you learn.

If you like puppets learn with Pollyanna or learn along with our Therapy Staff instead.

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Buttons

When learning how to fasten buttons, it helps to start with big buttons first and then move onto smaller buttons. We suggest you place the item of clothing on a table in front of you so you can easily see the buttons. Once you get really good, you can try putting it on and buttoning it up.

If you like puppets learn with Pollyanna or learn along with our Therapy Staff instead.

Don’t forget to print off your tick chart!

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Knife and fork

Using a knife and fork takes a lot of practice but the simple technique shown in these videos makes it much easier to remember what to do when cutting up your food.

If you like puppets learn with Pollyanna or learn along with our Therapy Staff instead.

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Teeth brushing

This video shows you how to brush your teeth properly.

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Toileting

Learn the “scoop and lift” technique for bottom wiping by practising with this fun target game. Print out the target (or draw your own), pop it in a clear plastic wallet and you’re ready to wipe!

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Bathing

Use a body chart or written check list below as a reminder to wash all the different parts of your body!

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Hair

Learn how to brush your hair or put it up in a ponytail by watching the videos below.

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Shoe Laces

Tying laces is probably one of the most difficult skills to learn and it takes time. Start by watching the Part 1 video first. Once you’ve nailed that, move onto Part 2.

There are lots of different ways to tie your shoe laces, but this is our favourite.

We have made separate videos depending on whether you are right handed or left handed. There is also a step by step picture guide for you to follow as you practice.

Don’t forget to print off your tick chart!

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Make your own DIY tick chart with Josie

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Google Translate may not translate all words correctly. Please contact us on 0114 271 7645 if you are unable to translate or access the videos.

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