What is an ADL?

Occupational therapists often use the term ADL, but what does it mean? ADL stands for activity of daily living. These activities refer to self-care activities. These are things that a person needs to do in their daily life, vital to survival and function in our world. Some examples of ADL’s include:

  • Bathing/showering
  • Toileting
  • Dressing
  • Eating/feeding
  • Hygiene/grooming
  • Functional mobility (movement)
  • Personal device care

Pediatric occupational therapists can address any of the above ADLs with their clients. If your child or teen is demonstrating difficulty or decreased independence in any of these areas, please contact us for a screener phone call.

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