Occupational Therapy Addresses the Practical!

It’s spring, and for many that means time to clean!

Cleaning doesn’t need to be an adults-only task; there can be many benefits to getting your child involved, too! So grab an extra set of supplies, and learn more about how cleaning can help their development.

Cleaning helps your child to:

Practice gross motor skills

The physical act of cleaning will get your child moving, and working their larger muscle groups. Actions like wiping, sweeping, and dusting can provide opportunities to move in new ways. Additionally, picking up toys works core, arm and leg muscles.

Practice fine motor skillstoddler_with_straws_in_living_roomSmaller muscles in their hands will also get a workout. Actions like folding clothes or sorting small items, like toys or hair accessories, will strengthen their fine motor skills. Make sure children do not handle any small items that could be a choking hazard for them.

Learn responsibilityLike any chore, cleaning can be a great way to set responsibilities for your child. Work with them to pick the tasks they will do, so their responsibilities are clearly set. Then select a time by which they will complete their cleaning tasks. You may need to remind them of when that time is, and check in on them, but this bit of independence will help them to understand what they are responsible for, and feel accomplished when they see it through!

Feel appreciated

While they’re cleaning and once the job is complete, be sure to congratulate your child on a job well done and thank them for their much-needed help. This simple act can show them the benefits of working hard and following through!

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