Task analysis is an ABA strategy where a complex skill like brushing teeth is broken down into simple component steps. For example, the steps in the brushing teeth task analysis include turning on water, rinse toothbrush, open toothpaste tube, etc. If you use this strategy, you will be better able to teach children with developmental delays to be more independent. Research has shown that task analysis can helps children with autism learn functional skills more quickly. The main barrier to using task analysis is that it takes time to create the list of steps necessary for children to follow. We took the hard work out of implementing task analysis so you can get started using it with your children immediately!
Inside this digital download, you will find four task analysis data sheets with step-by-step directions for students to follow in four critical hygiene skills:
- Brushing Hair
- Brushing Teeth
- Washing Hands
- Using Bathroom
If you would like visuals that go along with these data sheets, we’ve created the following social story for Brushing Teeth: Why It is Important to Brush Teeth (and How) Social Story
What I also like about these sheets is that they will allow you to take data on at least two trials of the tasks (can be used on same or different days). This helps to cut down on wasted paper and also to track progress. For each step, you can mark down the prompt level which is used.
We include instructions on every sheet so that you know exactly how to collect data and teach the skill! Although it seems difficult at first, we promise that it is really easy. Our goal at ThinkPsych is to make ABA strategies accessible to parents and professionals everywhere!
If you are interested in a FREE blank task analysis spreadsheet, see our page here: Free Task Analysis Data Sheet Download
If you would like to see our other task analyses, click here.