One Step at a Time: Using Task Analyses to Teach Skills

Melinda R. Snodgrass, Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky, Michaelene Ostrosky, W. Catherine Cheung

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Task analyses are useful when teaching children how to complete tasks by breaking the tasks into small steps, particularly when children struggle to learn a skill during typical classroom instruction. We describe how to create a task analysis by identifying the steps a child needs to independently perform the task, how to assess what steps a child is able to do without adult support, and then decide how to teach the steps the child still needs to learn. Using task analyses can be the key to helping a young child become more independent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)855-862
Number of pages8
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017


  • Disabilities and developmental delays
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Functional skills
  • Independence
  • Natural environment
  • Young children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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