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For people with Down syndrome, family members, caregivers and professionals.

Health Benefits of Chores

April 2023 | Katie Frank, PhD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist, Adult Down Syndrome Center

Just thinking about chores can make us want to groan but doing chores can be beneficial for our physical and mental health. Doing chores is one way to incorporate more physical activity into the day. Having a clean and organized space can also decrease stress.

Chores can help individuals develop responsibility and independence. They also provide opportunities to practice developmental skills such as fine motor strength and coordination, motor planning, visual perception, organization, and following instructions. Chores are a great way to naturally provide proprioceptive input and help regulate our sensory systems, which can improve attention and behavior. When done well, chores also help support a strong self-esteem. 

Suggested chores include: 

  • Washing and folding laundry

  • Putting away dishes

  • Wiping down counters and tables

  • Vacuuming or sweeping floors

  • Collecting and/or taking out the trash/recycling

  • Helping with cooking tasks

If you think your loved one with Down syndrome may have difficulty adding chores to their routine, consider incorporating visual supports to make the transition easier.

Another resource is Life Skills At Home opens in new window. It is a YouTube playlist with videos on a variety of activities such as loading and unloading the dishwasher, taking out the trash, folding and sorting laundry, and many others. The videos provide strategies that families and caregivers can use to help a person with Down syndrome learn how to do the activities. 

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Please note: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as a substitute for a medical, psychiatric, mental health, or behavioral evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment plan by a qualified professional. We recommend you review the educational material with your health providers regarding the specifics of your health care needs.