What do we do to help a child who cannot get dressed independently for P.E?


Children struggling with dressing skills may have an underlying difficulty with motor co-ordination particularly if they are significantly behind their peers. An occupational therapy assessment would be recommended for these children. They can be supported to develop skills through a backward chaining approach where the adult starts off the dressing and then the child finishes it off (e.g. adult helps child step feet into trousers and child pulls them up).