Dressing is a important activity in daily living. Young children learn to dress and undress themselves fairly early in life. They learn to take off their socks, shoes and underpants before they can take off the more complicated clothing like shirts and dresses. Teaching children with cerebral palsy to take off and put on clothes may take time. Owing to their physical or mental disability, it may be difficult for them to learn these skills on their own. If the parents or caregiver follow some common rules, they may find it easier to help their child to learn how to dress and undress.A disabled child has the desire as well as the ability to learn different skills. With time, effort and constant encouragement, he will eventually achieve results to the best of his ability. www.samvednatrust.com
Choose a good position. Decide the position in which your child is most steady, with or without support. This will make dressing and undressing easier for him. It will also help him to dress or undress himself if he has the physical ability to do so. The child should be in comfortable and safe place and position. The floor should not be slippery.
Involve your child. Involve your child every time you dress or undress him. Give him clear instructions or show him how to straighten his arms and legs. This will help him to cooperate with you as he grows older.
Start with simpler clothing. Always start with a simple item of clothing like a loose shirt with front buttons open. He will find it easier to take it off and put it on. This will make teaching and learning more successful.
Teach undressing first. First teach your child to take off his clothes as it is much easier than learning to put them on.
Start early. Normally parents help their children to dress and undress till they are four or five years old. But if your child is handicapped, start teaching him as early as possible since it will take him more time to learn the skill.
SUGGESTIONS FOR BUYING NEW CLOTHES
Buy or make clothes one size larger. Whenever you get your child new clothes always make sure that they are one size larger. Shoes must be of the correct size, otherwise the child will find it difficult to walk.
Have front openings on clothes. It will be easier to unfasten if the fasteners are at the front of the clothes.
Fasteners should be as simple as possible. Instead of buttons, use zips on pants and shirts. Use elastic instead of string on pyjamas and buy all clothes with front openings.
Loose T-shirts without any fasteners are easy to wear.
Dress your child in clothes that are suitable for his age.
The therapist must instruct and teach following tasks step by step to the child, parents or caregiver :-
Teach your child to take off his lower garments.
Teach your child to put on his lower garments.
Teach your child to take off his upper garments.
Teach your child to put on his upper garments.
Teach your child to button and unbutton.
Teach your child to take off his shoes
Teach your child to put on his shoes.
Teach your child to take off his socks.
Teach your child to put on his socks.
Teach your child to comb his hair.
Teach your child to do fine activities like makeup, putting thread into needle.
When you are teaching him to take off his lower garments, make sure that your child is wearing an underwear. This will teach him that he should not undress in front of anyone and he will develop a sense of privacy. For an older person, it will be less embarrassing for him to take off his pants in front of others if he is wearing underwear. Once your child has learnt to take off other types of lower garments, he can practice taking off his undergarments in private. Practice is very necessary for your child to improve. So make sure that you give him the opportunity to practice . Choose a time when you are not in a hurry to dress him so that he can take his time.
In the beginning, he will need extra time to learn.
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