Getting dressed and undressed is very much part of our everyday life. It can be quite a complex task and children need to master a number of skills to be successful. When children experience difficulties with motor skills, coordination, balance, fine motor skills and perception you may find that this will impact on their ability to dress themselves independently.
Before dressing, think about the fine motor and gross motor skills a child may need. Providing opportunities to develop these skills will definitely help when it comes to learning to dress and undress. Taking part in these activities can be fun and can also help to develop the necessary skills e.g balance, core stability, midline crossing, two handed skills and pincer grasp.
Along with more general motor skill activity ideas, there are many activities which will help develop dressing skills.
Getting the child to help find and pair up everyone's missing socks!
If your child struggles with a particular aspect of dressing, have a look at our advice sheets for additional advice. We have specific advice sheets for fastenings such as buttons and zips and shoelaces as well as for putting on coats, t-shirts and tops and socks.
There is also more information available for getting clothes the right way around and ideas for organisation and dressing. Don't put on too much pressure initially, praise goes a long way and if your child goes from being dressed by you to having a go themselves then we shouldn't worry too much about getting things perfect straight away.