Daily Living Skills
Daily living skills are those skills that are needed for an individual to be healthy, safe, and functional. Being able to complete these skills independently is important for the growth and development of children.
Daily living skills can be categorized into the following:
Activities of daily living (ADL’s) – These include basic self-care activities such as feeding, grooming, toileting, dressing, and general hygiene.
Instrumental activities of daily living (IADL’s) – These include more complex skills that are needed to be successful to live independently. Examples include: chores around the house, preparing meals, using the phone, using public transportation, homework completion skills, etc.
Occupational therapists are trained to assist children in developing the necessary skills to complete activities that support their daily functioning and participation. Depending on a child’s particular diagnosis or functional deficits, a variety of interventions might be used to support their performance and participation in daily activities. Typically, teaching these skills will require more than just stating the steps of what needs to be done; repeated modelling, use of visuals to promote memory and sequencing, and other compensatory methods (e.g. adaptive equipment, modifying the task) may all be utilized to ensure children can perform daily tasks to the best of their abilities.
In addition, daily living skills may be addressed in applied behavior analysis (ABA) through the use of task analysis and chaining. A task analysis is a comprehensive list of steps needed to complete an activity (i.e. listing all the steps in hand-washing or in making a sandwich). Once the steps have been established, determining how the skills will be taught (chaining) is decided based on the individual’s current level of ability. The skill set may be taught start to finish (forward chaining), or the end steps taught first (backward chaining), or all at once.
Adult Nutrition Counseling
Adult Nutrition Counseling Services Include:
- Weight Management
- Prenatal and Postpartum
- Prenatal Nutrition Counseling
- Breastfeeding Nutrition Counseling
- Postpartum Weight-loss
During the initial one-hour consultation, we will meet with you to discuss nutritional concerns. We will collect relevant information pertaining to: medical history, medication/supplement use, diet history, and behavior patterns. Basic nutrition education is provided and a meal plan may be designed, if indicated. Nutrition/health goals will be made together that are specific, realistic and achievable. A nutrition report will be provided to you and your doctor.
During half hour to an hour follow-up sessions, we will assess a three day food recall using a nutrient analysis software program, if needed. Eating and behavior patterns will be reviewed since last visit. We will provide continuing nutrition education on nutritional concerns and healthy behavior strategies to move you closer to your goals.
Weight-loss for Adults: 12-Week Program
This program is designed to teach you weight management principles that can be used for life! We work with you weekly to identify lifestyle behaviors that are preventing you from reaching your ideal weight and help you apply newly learned weight management principles to reach your goals. This program can also be adapted for couples.
Weight-loss for Adults: NutraGraph Program
The NutraGraph Program has a 100% success rate! Our methodology of setting goals, consistent monitoring, and weekly battle plans will get you results. We work with you to teach you to develop your own strategies for success and hold you accountable. Why should you choose us? You don’t have to buy our food, pills, or false gimmicks! (Put attachment for flyer here)
Weight-loss for Moms: NutraGraph Program
We work with new moms to help them get back into their old clothes, feel sexy, and get the body they want. We provide an individualized plan and grocery/cooking tips to help you reach your goal. The NutraGraph Program has a 100% success rate! Our methodology of setting goals, consistent monitoring, and weekly battle plans will get you results. We work with new moms to teach you how to develop your own strategies for success and hold you accountable. (Put attachment for flyer here)
- Grocery Store Tours: We provide in store teaching on food labels, power shopping, buying fruits and vegetables, and eating more fiber. Learn about new products for specialized diets. Get advice and guidance on health food purchases and meal planning.
- Restaurant Meal Experience: We provide in restaurant teaching on healthy food choices while eating out. We will dine with you and answer all your eating out questions. We provide you will a quick and easy guide that allows you to eat out at any restaurant.
Medical Nutrition Therapy Counseling
Counseling is provided on the management or prevention of chronic conditions such as: high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.
ABC Channel 7 interviews our Experts on Special Needs and Bullying
ABC7 Karen Meyers interviews our Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Marriage and Family Counselor along with a child and 2 mothers on the prevalence of bullying children with disabilities.
ABC7 Covers our Award Winning Behavior 911® Program for Nannies!
ABC7 visited our Glenview clinic to highlight our popular Behavior 911 Workshop for Nannies. Workshops are offered monthly. For more on the program that helps parents and teachers alike, click here.
NBC Channel 5 interviewed North Shore Pediatric Therapy!
NBC5 invited NSPT to their studios to explain to parents and teachers how to identify bullying and how to prevent it! For a more detailed list of red flags and solutions, read our blog.
ABC7 invited North Shore Pediatric Therapy’s Social Worker to discuss how parents and teachers can identify bullying and what they can do to prevent it. For a more detailed list of red flags and solutions, read our blog. You may also see the clip on ABC7’s website by clicking here.
North Shore Pediatric Therapy featured in the Harvard Business Review for innovative process management
The article, titled “How to Engage the Front Line in Process Improvement” focuses on companies using front line employee suggestions to improve company processes or “the way things are done.” North Shore Pediatric Therapy is featured along side other successful companies such as Kelloggs, Starbucks and Chevron for our use of an online collaboration tool allowing all employees to share new ideas to help create an “innovative, client-focused, and employee-driven company.”
North Shore Pediatric Therapy was interviewed on ABC 7 on a special segment about Sensory Processing Disorder!
North Shore Pediatric Therapy’s Occupational Therapist and Company Founder, Deborah Michael was interviewed and featured on ABC 7 news about Sensory Processing Disorder and how it effects children daily.
North Shore Pediatric Therapy was interviewed by ABC7 for a Segment on Play Areas for Children with Special Needs:
North Shore Pediatric Therapy experts explain the positives and calming effects a properly constructed Play Area can have on Children with Autism.
North Shore Pediatric Therapy interviewed on Oprah’s Website for Packing Healthy Lunches For Your Children!
The article, titled “Start Your School Year in Good Health” offers outstanding advice to ensure your kids are geared up for a healthy school year. Our number one tip? “Take your kids to the classroom. Get comfortable with new – and old – faces can help take the edge off.”
North Shore Pediatric Therapy’s experts on ADHD and Organizational Skills were interviewed on Oprah.com!
North Shore Pediatric Therapy named one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing US Companies!
North Shore Pediatric Therapy was recently recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 5,000 fastest growing American companies. This honor is a reflection of our commitment to nonstop growth and in bringing happiness and results to every single one of the families we work with. This honor reflects our position as the authoritative though leaders in Pediatric Therapy.
North Shore Pediatric Therapy’s Expert BCBA Interviewed in Daily Herald Article about tantrums!
The article, entitled Making Your Child’s Tantrums a Rarity, featured tips from Applied Behavior Analyst Katie Sadowski.
At North Shore Pediatric Therapy, we are dedicated to helping every family who walks through our doors. Our company’s culture is apparent in everything we do and all of the services we provide as we strive to make this a home away from home for both our clients and staff.