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The Quarantine Series (Part 3) Task Analysis

The Quarantine Series// 𝕌𝕤𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕋𝕒𝕤𝕜 𝔸𝕟𝕒𝕝𝕪𝕤𝕖𝕤 𝕥𝕠 𝕀𝕟𝕔𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕖 𝔾𝕠𝕠𝕕 ℍ𝕪𝕘𝕚𝕖𝕟𝕖

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Are you a little more focused on good hygiene in your home these days? So are we! Really taking the time to "analyze" a task and listing the steps can help YOU as the parent to teach your children proper steps for good hygiene. This can also help them to become more independent with hand washing, so that you don't feel the need to hover over every time to make sure they are completing each step. That's the end goal! For the interim, using a visual can really streamline the process.

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Traditionally, task analyses are used for tasks that require a lot of steps in a certain order before completing the task correctly. This is used to teach daily living skills (I.e., laundry, cooking, cleaning), as well as personal hygiene skills (I.e., bathing, washing face, and washing hands).

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When using a task analysis to teach your child skills, a behavior analyst may have recommendations on HOW to best teach that task by using different methods of 'chaining' and 'prompting'. While this is highly individualized and is difficult to teach in a 'one size fits all' manner, a good start is to watch your child wash his/her hands independently (without any verbal prompting/physical prompting from you). From there, you will be able to identify if you need to teach just a few steps, or the whole task all together. If your child responds well to visuals, attach a visual such as this one to the wall next to each sink in your home. By referring to the visual throughout the hand washing session, over time you may see your child surprise you and use the visual to maintain independence while washing!

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With extra time at home, we can all analyze our hygiene for the current crisis. Get the gist with this particular ‘hand washing' task analysis? Reach out to us and we will be happy to assist with creating other 'tasks analyses' in your home, as well!

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