Help Your ADHD Kid Get Dressed

ADHD children may forget the sequence of putting on clothing, lack the attention span or motor skills to fasten buttons, or are sensitive to certain fabrics. Use these tips to help your attention deficit kid her clothes on.

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Set Up Your Child for Getting Dressed Successfully


Use teamwork. Break down the task of getting dressed into small steps. Get your ADHD child started, and ask her to finish up. You might pull the dress over your daughter’s head and have her feed her arms through the sleeves. Or you could hold the pants so your son can place his leg in, and have him pull up the pants to his waist. These small steps give your child the confidence to dress and a sense of accomplishment.

Rearrange the closet. If your child’s closet and drawers overflow with clothing, he may be overwhelmed when trying to choose what to wear. Stick with six to eight outfits for everyday wear. Make “packs” of clothing by folding socks, underwear, a shirt, and pants together -- one set for each day of the week. Hanging clothes too high or using drawers that are not accessible discourages a child from dressing himself. Lower the closet rods, and use bottom drawers for frequently used items. Keep out-of-season items on a top shelf.

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TAGS: Organization Tips for ADHD Kids, Routines for ADHD Children

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