Challenge: Getting Dressed: Being Independent
Resources: pants, socks, shorts, T shirt, trousers/skirt, shirt, jumper, coat, shoes, books, school uniform,
What can I do as a parent/carer?
Talk to your child about the sequence of getting dressed/ undressed.
Allow your child to start independently getting undressed (it is easier to start with
Use larger clothing to practice, making it simpler.
Get dressed at the same time as your child and talk about front/ back/top/bottom
Encourage your child to practice using different fastenings such as buttons, zips, Velcro
Practice putting shoes on and off (choose simple fastenings when buying shoes)
Don’t practice getting dressed/ undressed when you’re in a hurry, allow plenty of time.
Avoid difficult clothing such as tights or dungarees.
Use a mirror when practising getting dressed/undressed so children can see themselves.
Supports your child to:
Get dressed in the right sequence.
Be able to use different fastenings when getting dressed/ undressed
To be able to independently get dressed/ undressed
Put on take-off shoes independently