Daily Living Skills Training

Fostering independent lives through support and guidance

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Person with disabilities practicing washing the dishes.

What is Daily Living Skills Training?

Focus on Freedom’s Daily Living Skills training pairs an individual with disabilities with an experienced trainer, The trainer develops individualized support programs to help your loved one master age-appropriate daily routines and activities independently.

Caregiver teaching daily living skills to a boy with disabilities in a classroom.

Who Can Benefit From Our Program?

Daily Living Skills Training can help anyone who may require assistance in performing daily tasks and activities due to a physical, cognitive, or developmental challenge. We’ve helped lead people with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, spinal cord injuries, and more to more independent lives.

What Age Groups Do You Work With?

Skills training is ideal for children (8+) and adults who need support with school and age-appropriate home tasks, as well as with young adults transitioning to employment and independent living for the first time. 

Daily Skills Training Activities

Our Daily Living Skills Training program focuses on building skills both in the home and in the community. Here are just a few of the skills and activities we’ve worked on with our clients. Programs are completely customized based on your specific needs and goals.

Daily Living at Home

We’ll focus on building good personal hygiene habits such as bathing, brushing teeth and hair, shaving, and more. Good hygiene practices help prevent the spread of disease and infection, boost confidence in social situations, and improve overall quality of life.

We’ll help your loved one build daily routines through repetition and structure. Common focus areas include arrivals and departures, setting alarms, preparing outfits, and overall time management. Mastering daily routines can lead to greater opportunities for socialization and employment.

We’ll prioritize age-appropriate household management tasks such as meal prepping, laundry, dusting, vacuuming, making a bed, and other chores. Building these homemaking skills will help your loved one be more independent at home and maintain a safe, healthy environment.

What’s life without a little fun? We’ll work on reading, music, puzzles, coloring, and other hobbies that people with disabilities may struggle with. Engaging in leisure activities you love promotes relaxation and reduces stress, which can have positive effects on physical and mental health.

The ability to take care of both physical and mental health is critical to independence. We’ll focus on skills such as daily exercise, meditation, journaling, and nutrition to help your loved ones reduce stress, build confidence, and have fun.  

Financial management is an essential life skill. It is particularly important for individuals with disabilities who may have limited financial resources or face financial challenges. We’ll build skills surrounding monthly budgets, long-term financial planning, saving, spotting a scam, and more. 

Daily Living in the Community

Transportation is key to independence and being an active member of the community. We’ll focus on transportation skills such as riding in a vehicle, scheduling an Uber/Lyft, or using buses and other public transportation. 

People with disabilities have unique health needs, so scheduling and managing appointments is crucial. We’ll work on scheduling and preparing for doctor and dentist visits, therapy, and other appointments and empower individuals to take more control over their health care.

Financial management extends beyond the home and into the community. We’ll work on banking skills, ATMs, coupons, budgeting, and so much more. Overall, we’ll set your loved one up to make smart financial decisions when they’re out in the community.

Shopping for food and other household essentials is another major step toward personal freedom. We’ll highlight in-person and online shopping skills — including making lists, sticking to a budget, navigating stores, and interacting with retail employees and fellow customers.

Getting out of the house and participating in fun activities is key to mental health and quality of life. We’ll guide individuals with disabilities through community-based leisure activities such as movies, bowling, going to the park, walks, bike rides, and more.

There’s nothing more important than safety. We’ll hone in on safety skills while walking, biking, and traveling around the community — from crosswalks to parking lots. We’ll also build skills for how to respond if an incident occurs.

Key Features of Our Training Programs

Customized Training

Every program is tailored to each individual’s unique needs, strengths, and challenges.

Experienced Trainers

All of our trainers receive extensive training to empower individuals of all skill levels to succeed.

Real-Life Application

Training programs are hands-on, practical, and focused on important home and community skills that your loved one can implement immediately.

Flexible Scheduling

We know you have a busy life, which is why we offer flexible scheduling options to fit your needs.

“Since our daughter has received services through this program she has been more interested in doing light chores around the house and practicing personal cares. First steps to life skills!”

Amy Schoening, Parent

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Caregiver and a woman with disabilities playing with a dog.
Person with dissabilities helping a customer.

Want More Details?

Request a Daily Living Skills Consultation Today

Getting started with our daily living skills program is easy! Fill out our online form below and we’ll schedule a free consultation to discuss your goals, answer questions, and get you added to our waitlist.