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Task Analysis -- A Well Written Task Analysis Leads to Success in Life Skills

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Definition: A Task Analysis consists of a written list of the discrete steps required to complete a task, such as brushing teeth, mopping a floor, or setting a table. The task analysis is never given to the child, but is used by the teacher and staff supporting the student in learning the task in question. A task analysis is helpful as well for writing an iep goal. When stating how performance will be measured, you can write: When given a task analysis of 10 steps for sweeping the floor, Robert will complete 8 of 10 steps (80%) with 2 or fewer prompts per step.
Examples:
A Task Analysis for brushing teeth:
  1. Student removes toothbrush from tooth brush case
  2. Student turns on water and wets bristles.
  3. Student unscrews toothpaste, and squeezes 3/4 inches of paste onto bristles.
  4. Student opens mouth and brushes up and down on upper teeth.
  5. Student rinses his teeth with water from a cup.
  6. Student opens mouth and brushes up and down on lower teeth.
  7. Student rinses his teeth with water from a cup.
  8. Student replaces toothpaste cap, and places toothpaste and brush in tooth brush case.

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