Performance Skills

Cognitive skills

Actions or behaviors a client uses to plan and manage the performance of an activity.

-Judging the importance or appropriateness of clothes for the circumstance
-Selecting tools and supplies needed to clean the bathroom
-Sequencing tasks needed for a school project
-Organized activities within the time required to meet a deadline
-Prioritizing steps and identifying solutions to access transportation
-Creating different activities with friends that are fun, novel, and enjoyable
-Multitasking - doing more than one thing at a time, necessary for tasks such as work, driving, and household management

Communication and social skills

Actions or behaviors a person uses to communicate and interact with others in an interactive environment.

-Looking where someone else is pointing or gazing
-Gesturing to emphasize intentions
-Maintaining acceptable physical space during conversation
-Initiating and answering questions with relevant information
-Taking turns during an interchange with another person verbally and physically
-Acknowledgeing another person's perspective during an interchange

Emotional regulation skills

Actions or behaviors a client uses to identify, manage, and express feelings while engaging in activities or interacting with others.

-Responding to the feelings of others by acknowledgement or showing support
-Persisting in a task despite frustrations
-Controlling anger toward others and reducing aggressive acts
-Recovering from a hurt or disappointment without lashing out at others
-Displaying the emotions that are appropriate for the situation
-Utilizing relaxation strategies to cope with stressful events

Motor and praxis skills

Motor: Actions or behaviors a client uses to move and physically interact with tasks, objects, contexts, and environments. Includes planning, sequencing, and executing new and novel movements.

Praxis: Skilled purposeful movements. Ability to carry out learned motor activity, including following through on a verbal command, visual-spatial construction, ocular and oral-motor skills, imitation of a person or an object, and sequencing actions. Organization of temporal sequences of actions within the spatial context, which form meaningful occupations.

-Bending and reaching for a toy or tool in a storage bin
-Pacing tempo of movements to clean the room
-Coordinating body movements to complete a job task
-Maintaining balance while walking on an uneven surface or while showering
-Anticipating or adjusting posture and body position in response to environmental circumstances, such as obstacles
-Manipulating keys or lock to open the door

Sensory perceptual skills

Actions or behaviors a client uses to locate, identify, and respond to sensations and to select, interpret, associate, organize, and remember sensory events based on discriminating experiences throug a variety of sensations that include visual, auditory, proprioceptive, tactile, olfactory, gustatory, and vestibular.

-Positioning the body in the exact location for a safe jump
-Hearing and locating the voice of your child in a crowd
-Visually determining the correct size of a storage container for leftover soup
-Locating keys by touch from many objects in a pocket or purse (i.e., stereognosis)
-Timing the appropriate moment to cross the street safely by determining one's own position and speed relative to the speed of traffic
-Discerning distinct flavors within foods or beverages