Dressing Skills

Handout - Dressing Skills [PDF 457KB]


Occupational therapy is the promotion of health and well-being by facilitating meaningful occupation. Occupational therapists work with people who have difficulty doing things that are related to areas of occupational performance, i.e. self care, productivity and leisure. These include activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing, feeding and washing.

It is important for children to be able to learn skills in order to become more independent, as part of growing up. Being independent provides a sense of achievement and a sense of worth enhancing a child’s overall self esteem.

This handout includes a range of hints and tips to assist with dressing. Every child has differing capabilities and learning styles so the approach needs to be tailored specifically to meet these needs.

Included in this handout are a range of activities in order to assist the child with pre-dressing and dressing skills. The notes may refer to backward chaining methods; these are explained within this handout.

Taken from: Children’s Occupational Therapy Service, Child Health Centre, Woodhorn Land, Ashington, Northumberland, NE639JJ.