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Dressing skills are often a challenge for children with special needs. Just FYI, in normal developmental sequence, the progression is usually that the undoing skill emerges first (as in unbutton, unsnap, untie etc.) before the ability to fasten garments.
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Every child is unique though so even this sequence can vary and sometimes plateauing occurs with a particular skill level. That's why it's good to keep a stash of creative ideas to combat boredom and repetition. Here are two new solutions for dressing skills that are fun, motivating and guaranteed to be boredom busters!
DressUpDragon is a delightful and sensory way to work on dressing manipulatives including a non-removable vest with variable size buttons and a zipper. Cape, hat and shoes are removable with hook/loop, clip and lace fastenings.
SnapDragon has a total of 27 snaps in two sizes and his wings and cape are removable.
These additions are sure to make for great practice tools for your home, clinic or classroom.
Tips for additional practice and to generalize skills
1. Alternate with on-body clothing as well.
2. Look for separates that are slightly oversized and/or have larger buttons, snaps or ties. This will promote learning orientation of clothing to body and help build additional motor planning skills.
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What are your favorite dressing tips to help promote the "I Can Do It Myself!" attitude? Let us hear from you!