<p>For some children with special needs, even the simplest things require carefully thought-out teaching. Dressing and hand-washing and bed-making and even getting a spoon to the mouth without disaster are all projects you may want to tackle with your child, but it&#39;s not always easy to see how to teach things that seem so simple and so obvious. <i><a href="https://www.verywell.com/teach-your-child-self-care-skills-3105617" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">Steps to Independence</a></i> helps you break even these basic self-care skills into smaller steps and lead your child backward through them so that no matter what, there&#39;s always a successful outcome. The book is full of good suggestions for a wide range of skills children will need to take care of themelves; to start right in teaching self-care skills, turn to Chapter 9 and:</p><ol><li>Use the Self-Help Checklist to pinpoint skills your child needs to work on. </li><li>Fill out the list of three Self-Help Skills to Teach. </li><li>Break each of those skills into smaller steps. </li><li>Make up a blank Progress Chart for each skill using the example shown. </li><li>Strategize your teaching techniques using the worksheet and instructions provided. </li><li>Have a reward ready to recognize your child&#39;s hard work.</li></ol>Just as tooth-brushing and shoe-tying and zipper-zipping are necessary skills for children to acquire, breaking down tasks and organizing them in a way your child can manage is a necessary skill for parents of children with special needs. This lesson will help you reach your goal, too. Have a reward ready for yourself!