Middle Childhood Intervention: Module One – Typical and Atypical Development

Adaptive Skills

By the age of 10 to 12 years, children’s basic adaptive skills (see full Glossary) are very similar to those of adults. They are quite independent when it comes to their basic daily needs.

Children at this age can:

  • bathe  or shower on their own;
  • dress and undress on their own;
  • prepare their clothes for the next day;
  • take good care of their personal hygiene;
  • clean up after themselves;
  • prepare a snack or a simple meal;
  • care for minor cuts;
  • manage their allowance (most of the time);
  • use a minor appliance (e.g. microwave oven).
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