What is an IADL?

Occupational therapists often use the term IADl, but what does that mean? IADL stands for instrumental activity of daily living. These are activities that we often do throughout our daily lives, that can take more complex planning or executive functions. These are activities beyond self-care, and may require interaction within the home or community. Some examples of IADLs are:

  • Shopping
  • Taking care of pets
  • Meal prep and clean-up
  • Driving and community mobility
  • Home management
  • Financial management
  • Health management

Pediatric occupational therapists can address any of the above IADLs 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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