Learning to dress can be quite a challenge for some children as it requires the child to be able to organise and plan how to go about putting garments on, as well as having the ability to manipulate small objects such as buttons and zips and understand the process required for fastening them. Similarly, shoelaces can cause some children great difficulty as they are unable to master the skill despite being shown several times.
Problems in learning to dress may result from a difficulty in the development of one or more skills. Children’s Occupational Therapists are able to find out where the exact difficulties lie, and can then develop a programme to work on these skills.
The development of effective pencil control relies upon many of the same skills required for fastening buttons and zips. Therefore, by seeking assistance with dressing you would also be helping the development of your child’s pencil skills.