Occupational Therapy -> Executive Function -> Task Initiation

Task Initiation

Task initiation refers to an individual's ability to begin an activity or task. In order to begin a task, the individual must understand what is required, what materials will need to be used, and the first step of the task. This often requires a motor skill as well, for example, reaching for a bowl to initiate preparing breakfast. Occupational therapists can assist individuals who struggle with task initiation through modifying and adapting tasks, providing direct teaching of specific skills required to initiate important tasks and/or providing opportunities to practice the skill with motivating and preferred activities.


  • Jobs and Occupations preview

    Jobs and Occupations

    Teodora Gajic Bakic, MOT, OTR/L

    Guess cards game, Wordsearch game, and Guess the job based on descriptions.

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    Snowlike Substance Recipe - For Play

    Virginia Ingram, CCC-SLP

    Sensory Integration Resource. Kiki makes a snowlike substance on a not so snowy day.

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  • Get Attention and Body Listening preview

    Get Attention and Body Listening

    Teodora Gajic Bakic, MOT, OTR/L

    Body Listening Resource. Senses. Needs. Feelings. Emotions. Occupational Therapy Resource. Teacher Resource. Classroom Resource. 2 lessons with visuals to teach about body listening, recognizing cu...

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  • Zones of Regulation Activities preview

    Zones of Regulation Activities

    Glenna Nave

    List of activities to be used with each color zone to get back to the green zone.

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  • Holiday Breakfast Menu preview

    Holiday Breakfast Menu

    Glenna Nave

    Restaurant Ordering Food Resources. Daily Living. Occupational therapy. Handwriting Resource. The holiday breakfast menu features an assortment of breakfast foods and prices to create your own brea...

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  • Butter Recipe preview

    Butter Recipe

    Virginia Ingram, MS, CCC-SLP

    This is a recipe for making butter that can be used in just about any therapy session. The recipe is very easy but requires persistence and the ability to stay on task. Prep ideas: • Print and lami...

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Goal Bank

  • Given visual timer, Orlando will end preferred task and transition to therapist selected task without negative behaviors 4 out of 5 trials across 3 sessions as measured by clinician observation and data collection to increase pragmatic and executive functioning skills.
  • Given supervision, Ramiro will follow 5 steps 5 of 5 steps in a recipe to make a simple recipe to demonstrate executive function skills such as planning, problem-solving, and task initiation over 5 therapy sessions.
  • Given visual and verbal cues, Aleisha will terminate one activity and transition to a second activity without negative behaviors to increase behavioral independence in and out of the therapy setting on 4 out of 4 attempts with 90% accuracy as measured by observation and data collection.