25 Special Education Quotes About Inclusion

25 Special Education Quotes About Inclusion

Below you will find 25 special education quotes about inclusion to help inspire you.

Special education is a unique field that aims to provide support and education to children and adults with disabilities. The goal of special education is to help individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential and achieve success in their academic and personal lives. 

Special Education Quotes about Inclusion

Many notable individuals have shared their thoughts and ideas about special education throughout history. 

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Special Education Quotes

Here are some of the most famous special education quotes that continue to inspire and motivate educators, parents, and students alike.

  1. “Every student can learn, just not on the same day or in the same way.” — George Evans
  1. “Inclusion is not a strategy to help people fit into the systems and structures which exist in our societies; it is about transforming those systems and structures to make it better for everyone.” — Diane Richler
  1. “Special education is not a place. It's a service.” — Loretta Claiborne
  1. “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.” — Peter Drucker
  1.  “Inclusive education is not a privilege. It is a fundamental human right.” — Ban Ki-moon
  1. “The highest result of education is tolerance.” — Helen Keller
  1. “We need to give every individual the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their background or circumstance.” — Cory Booker
  1. “Inclusive education seeks to address the learning needs of all children, with a specific focus on those who are vulnerable to marginalization and exclusion. The goal is to promote opportunities for all children to participate and be treated equally.” — Andie Fong Toy
  1. “No child left behind requires states and school districts to ensure that all students are learning and are reaching their highest potential. Special education students should not be left out of this accountability.” — Dianne Feinstein 
  1. “It shouldn’t matter how slowly a child learns. What matters is that we encourage them to never stop trying.” ― Robert John Meehan
  1. “When inclusive education is fully embraced, we abandon the idea that children have to become ‘normal’ in order to contribute to the world. We begin to look beyond typical ways of becoming valued members of the community, and in doing so, begin to realize the achievable goal of providing all children with an authentic sense of belonging.” ― Norman Kunc
  1. “For those with learning disabilities, today's tools for differentiation no longer hold the stigma they used to nor highlight disabilities, but provide opportunities to find success in the classroom.” ― Sharon LePage Plante

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  1. “When you judge someone based on a diagnosis, you miss out on their abilities, beauty, and uniqueness.” ― Sevenly.org
  1. “Fairness does not mean everyone gets the same. Fairness means everyone gets what they need.” ― Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid
  1. “All of the children of silence must be taught to sing their own song.” ― Thomas Gallaudet
  1. “The secret in education lies in respecting the student.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1.  “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”  ― Ignacio Estrada
  1. “The gap between the abilities and capacities of children related to their learning, adjustment and development found at the time of their birth, may further be widened by the nature of the environmental difference encountered by them in their nourishment and education.” ― S. K. Mangal

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  1. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” ― Maya Angelou
  1. “When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become wiser, more inclusive, and better as an organization.” — Pat Wadors
  1. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” ― Malala Yousafzai
  1. “Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.” ― John W. Gardner
  1. “The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to use its own powers rather than to fill it with the accumulation of others.” ― Tyron Edwards
  1. “Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.” ― Bob Beauprez
  1. “Great education is a combination of a supporting environment, dedicated teachers and students who take joy in learning.” ― Hermann J Steinherr

Conclusion

These famous special education quotes provide inspiration and guidance for those involved in the field of special education. 

They remind us of the importance of individualized learning, inclusion, understanding individual differences, effective communication, and recognizing the potential of every individual. 

By embracing these ideas and concepts, we can continue to work towards creating a more inclusive and supportive society for all individuals, regardless of their abilities.

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How to use Visual Timers to help Children with Autism with Transitions

How to use Visual Timers to help Children with Autism with Transitions

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Visual Timers to help with Transitions and Behaviors for Children with Autism and Special Needs

Lately, I have been getting a lot of questions about how to help children with transitions and behaviors with life skill activities. I wanted to take the time to share some of my experiences with using visual timers to help children with transitions and decrease their frustration and anger.

The concept of time can be difficult for children and teenagers to learn. If we are constantly verbally telling a child they have to do this activity for 5 minutes, but they have no idea how long 5 minutes is (they may think that seems like FOREVER) and then they can become frustrated and angry. Teaching the concept of time can be difficult, but with the help of a visual timer, the child can visually see how fast the timer is going and how much time is left before the activity can be over.

This way when they ask you, “how much time is left?” you can show them the timer and they can visually see it for themselves.

How does this help with transitions?

If you are working with a child that needs to complete an activity that they would prefer not to do, but need to (such as take a shower or brush their teeth) you can get out the timer and set a certain amount of time that they need to work on that skill for. This will give them a clear explanation of what is expected of them for time to work on that specific skill. They still may not like to complete that skill, but they will understand how long they need to participate with that skill.

I also like to use verbal cues of “First we do this… (a non-preferred activity) Then you can do this (a preferred activity). This phrase can help the child better understand what is expected of them. Both of these techniques allow you to communicate with the child in a way that they will understand better and then hopefully there won't be as much frustration for the child. If we can give them clear expectations in a way they can understand, our hope is that they will be more successful at completing the activity.

Additionally, changes in routine and schedule can be difficult for some children. When using a visual timer, this can allow you time to explain to the child that we will need to start our next activity when the timer goes off. Allow them time to prepare for the change with setting a visual timer for about 5 minutes (or however long they need) to help them realize they need to start to clean up and move on to the next activity. This way there isn't an abrupt change and hopefully they will do better with dealing with the change in the activity.

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I have compiled a list of visual timers that are available from Amazon down below. The only timer that I have personally used is the Time Timer and I loved using this timer. It was large enough for the child to see from across the room and the bright red color count down was easy to see as well. It really helped the child to understand how much time was left to work on the specific skill we were addressing. The rest of the timers listed were highly recommended from Amazon and I wanted to be able to provide you with a variety of options to choose from to see what will work best for your situation.

Time Timer

This timer was my favorite and was easy to use and set. It was easy for the child to see from across the room with the bright red coloring. I would highly recommend this timer for someone looking for a visual timer for their child.

Time Tracker Mini

This timer looked nice for a smaller space or something you could hold onto. When the time is set, the green light glows, then changes to yellow as a warning to prepare for the end of the task, and then red to indicate the end of the activity. You can also use sound to alert the child that the timer is going off as well. This could be a great tool to use to help with transitions!

Time Tracker

This time tracker timer is a larger than the mini one, but does a great job as well! It has 3 light colors as well with green, yellow, and red and then 6 sound cues as well to help the child understand how much time is remaining. Since this is a larger timer it could be used in a room or a classroom and the child would still be able to see the timer. This is another great tool to help with smoother transitions between activities.

Time Timer Watch 

This could be a great visual timer for someone a little older who wants to try to be more independent with their daily routine! This watch has three features with a clock, alarm, and countdown timer. It can also allow vibrating and audible alerts as well. This could be a great option for our teenagers and adults!

The Miracle Cube Timer

This cube timer looks like so much fun! It can easily be set for 1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes, and 7 minutes! All you have to do is place the number on top that you want the timer to count down from. It could be a great tool to help with tooth brushing (to help the child understand how long to brush their teeth for) as well as hand washing! It is small and easy to take with you and can be used anywhere in the home!

Stoplight Golight Timer 

This is another timer with the green, yellow, and red stoplight features that can be easy for younger kids to understand. This timer can be set for 0-15 hours and 0-59 minutes as well as it has an audible timer as well. This could be great for kids who really love cars and would love the look of the stop light!

We hope that you have found these visual timers to be helpful and we would love to hear back from you as to which timers are your favorite! Do you have one that works well for your child? We would love to hear more in the comments below!

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Tips on How Having a Sibling with Autism has Changed my Life for the Better

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How having a sibling with autism has changed my life for the better

We all go through events in our lives that lead us to make decisions and take us down different paths that affect our life. Well, today I want to share how growing up with my brother has changed my life for the better and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Autism can be scary…but it doesn't have to be

I think many people hear the word Autism and they think socially awkward, aggressive, weird, etc…We don't have to think that way if we get to know the person for who they are and not what society tells us to believe.

My Story

My brother was born when I was 13 years old and I loved growing up with a baby brother. It was so much fun to see him grow up and have opportunities to play with him. I remember going out into public places with him and getting weird looks from strangers like he was my child, but that didn't stop me from going places with him. He was my little brother and I loved him so much.

I remember going off to college and that was the year when he was starting kindergarten and the year he was diagnosed with Autism. My mom would tell me how hard that first year of school was for the both of them with her being the special education teacher not being able to help her own son and how much anxiety he was having at school. After that year was when my mom decided she needed to do what she felt was best and homeschool my brother.

Growing up along side my brother has taught me many valuable life lessons and has lead me down different paths in my life that I probably wouldn't be down today if not for him. He was my inspiration for choosing my career path of occupational therapy and for starting this blog! He has taught me more about compassion and nurture along with my mom more than anyone else ever has. He helps me be a better person by helping me think outside of the box to learn to help other individuals as well. He has helped teach me so many life lessons along the way and I want to share them all with you!

My Number One Tip: Love your Brother or Sister for Who They Are

I feel like society tells us so many times that if we aren't “normal” we don't fit it and we need to “change”. I am telling you that is wrong to believe and that we need to learn to love and accept our loved ones for who they are as individuals and not what society tells us to believe. Think about people that have stood out in our society…were they people that fit in? Or were they people that stood out and had unique and amazing talents? The people that stand out to me are the ones who go against the crowd to stand out and be different. Don't let the world tell you how you or your sibling needs to be, make the world a better place and help them learn to make the world work for them.

Learn to embrace their differences and their strengths. Help them identify their strengths in their lives and see themselves through a positive lens. I feel like so many times Autism is seen as bad…and this can have a huge impact on someone's self esteem. Make sure you are always talking about Autism in a positive light and talking positive with your sibling and family as well. This can have a HUGE impact.

Don't Try to Change Them

This statement goes along with the one above, but I wanted to make sure I hit this hard…Every person is unique and has strengths and weaknesses. We all have skills that we are good at and others that we could use more practice with. Your Sibling is going to be the same way, if they have something that is more difficult for them help them with that skill, but don't change who they are because they can't do something as well. For example, if going out to public places is hard for your brother or sister, find a way to make that easier for your sibling by going somewhere that you know they really enjoy. My brother does not like going out to eat at restaurants, but he was super motivated to go to Dave and Buster's. We were able to go to that restaurant because it was something he wanted to do and was motivated to do it.

A strength of my brother is that he is very smart with science and technology. He is very good with computers and that is why I have been learning the blogging world for him to be able to teach this skill to him when he gets older as a way for him to make an income. As his sister I feel that I need to use my strengths of (patience and learning) to help my brother out when he transitions into adulthood to help make life a little easier for him.

Treat them as an Equal

This may seem like common sense to some, but always make sure you treat your sibling like you treat your other siblings as well. It is okay to joke around with them, play with them, or even get upset with them. These are normal emotions to have with all family members.

Involve Them in Activities with You

Don't leave someone out just because you think they won't like the activity or it might be too hard for them. Always ask them if they would like to join you in something, you never know what they may say.

I also want to say too, don't force your brother or sister to do something with you if they really don't like it or don't want to do it. Growing up, I knew my brother really did not like movie theaters or going to restaurants. I always asked him if he wanted to go with me, but I would never force him to do something if it upset him.

Teach them Skills

Being the older sister, I kind of also took on that motherly role as well with me brother. I wanted to protect him from harm. If we went to the playground when he was little and had a hard time playing with the other kids I would look out for him. I would be the one playing on the jungle gym with him and going down the slides. I wouldn't let the other kids bother him or bother me either.

Growing up with my brother when I was younger I loved being able to teach him new play skills or go swimming with him and try to help him learn how to swim. Now that we are both older my mom and I are both trying to learn to teach him life skills to help him be more independent as he transitions into adulthood. I know I look to my brother for teaching me new skills on the computer and through different video games he is playing and he looks up to me to help teach him different skills as well. Be there for each other and be a positive role model for each other. Take the time to help one another and teach them something you are learning.

Most of All Be a Big or Little Sibling to Them

Love each of your family members for the unique person that they are. Learn to love their quirks and be there for them. Protect and guide them in this journey through life. If they ask for your help, be there for them. You don't have to make the big gestures, just do the little day by day things together that make such a big difference. If you are an older sibling like me, take time to call or visit your younger brother or sister because seeing you can bring your little sibling so much joy.

Growing up alongside my brother has changed me for the better because it has taught me to be the person I am today. I have learned to love each person for their unique abilities and strengths and to not let the world define who you need to be. My life choices have been chosen because of my brother and mother and I have them to thank for the person I have become. I hope that if you have a sibling with Autism, they can have such a positive experience on you as my brother has had on me in my life.

If you have a sibling with Autism, whether they are younger or older, what are some tips they have taught you in your life? I would love to learn from other siblings as well! Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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7 Tips for Taking a Vacation with a Teenager with Autism

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7 Tips for Taking a Vacation with a Teenager with Autism

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7 tips for taking a vacation with a teenager with autism

This past weekend I was able to go on a little vacation to Kansas City with my brother, mom, and husband. We left Thursday evening and were able to come back Sunday afternoon. This was a nice little get away for our family to spend some quality time together. As a family, we have learned over the years some tips and strategies to help my brother have success and fun while on vacation. As many of you know, a new experience can be difficult for a child or teenager with autism to handle.

Here are some tricks that we have learned over the years to help create a fun and safe experience for my brother while on vacation.

  1. Always learn to be patient. I feel this is key in all areas of our lives, but it still stays true on a vacation. When going on a vacation, we get out of our normal every day routine and there are going to be unexpected events. This can be difficult for my brother to handle when he doesn't know what could happen next. We always try to be patient in every new situation to give my brother time to process each situation.
  2. Pack food we know he likes. My brother is still a picky eater, but he has gotten so much better at the willingness to try more foods. It is very difficult for us to go to a restaurant together and sit down to have a meal even today. My mom does a wonderful job of packing foods and snacks that she knows he will like so that when we get to the hotel we don't have to go and find a grocery store or a specific fast food restaurant that he will only eat at.
  3. Do your research before you go and find activities you know your child will enjoy. I know this one may seem a little obvious, but do some research before you go to make sure there is a special activity that your child/teenager will really look forward to when you go.     We want to make sure the trip will be exciting and fun for everyone! For our trip this weekend, my brother was super excited to go to Dave and Buster's! He had never been to one before and was so excited to go! He was the one that actually did the research beforehand and found out we were staying close by. He did his own research and sought out an activity that he knew he really wanted to do. In fact, we went two days 🙂
  4. Let your teenager have some choices and say in what they want to do. My mom has always been great at this, she does her best to make sure we can all try to do something we want to do on the trip. She gives my brother choices every day of the trip to let my brother do what he wants to do. If we are trying to do something as a family where he doesn't have a choice, then we just tell him we are going to go do this and it will be so much fun! Let's go! In some instances, during the day he doesn't always have a choice, but when he can we make sure to give him a choice so he can choose what he wants to do.
  5. Make sure you have some down time to rest. A vacation is usually fast paced and exciting, but our family always makes sure we make time to rest back at the hotel. My brother loves just having downtime to play on his iPad or to get on his computer. We make sure he has this during his day to help regulate his sensory system. Make sure you don't forget what types of activities help to regulate your child while on vacation.Make sure you find ways to incorporate that throughout your vacation to allow your child to be their best!
  6. Try to keep to a typical sleeping routine. My mom and brother are night owls, and I am not one any longer 🙁 Now, with my work schedule I usually try to go to bed earlier. I know that my mom does her best to try to keep my brother on his regular sleeping schedule to help him have enough energy to enjoy the next day's activities.
  7. We always try to pack some extra clothes, activities, and a pillow. Our family is one of those families that always brings too much, but we have learned that sometimes it is better to have too much than not the right stuff for your child. My mom does a great job of packing some extra clothes or outfits for my brother incase something were to happen and he wouldn't like an outfit one day or it got dirty. She also does a great job of packing activities she know he likes. For example she packed some of his favorite things right now to help with the drive and waiting times in the hotel. She packed his fidget spinner, headphones, iPad, and putty. She also does a great job of bringing an extra pillow so that he will have something we know he likes when he goes to sleep. Not every hotel has great pillows and beds, but at least this way we know he has a pillow he likes.

Do you have any tips and strategies that have worked well for your family when you go on a vacation with your child or teenager? We would love to hear your tips in the comments below! We can always learn more to best be able to help my brother!

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Sensory Issues with Clothing: A Brief Guide for Comfort

Sensory Issues with Clothing: A Brief Guide for Comfort

Use this guide to help you better understand sensory issues with clothing.

Understanding sensory issues with clothing can be quite confusing for many parents and caregivers. However, by having a good grasp of the sensory system and how it affects children is crucial in helping them navigate these challenges. Sensory issues with clothing can be hurdles for children who experience discomfort when wearing certain types of clothes due to their sensory sensitivities. In this article, we will dive into the reasons why kids may have sensory issues with clothing, discuss ways to identify these issues, and explore strategies to help them with dressing skills and making clothing choices.

Creating a supportive environment is key to help a child with sensory clothing issues develop independence and confidence in their dressing skills. By utilizing the appropriate techniques and strategies, caregivers can make a positive impact on their child's daily routine and overall quality of life. With the help of occupational therapy resources, as well as an understanding of the specific clothing sensitivities, you can empower your child to overcome these challenges.

Key Takeaways

  • Sensory issues with clothing can affect children's comfort and independence with dressing.
  • Identifying the specific clothing sensitivities is crucial to provide tailored support.
  • Occupational therapy resources and strategies can help improve dressing skills and clothing choices for children with sensory sensitivities.

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Why Do Kids Have Sensory Issues with Clothing?

Sometimes, children may experience difficulties with how their clothes feel on their skin. This is due to their sensory processing system, which can affect their comfort with different types of materials, seams, or fits of clothing. Sensitivity to clothing can vary from child to child, with some children being more sensitive to sensory input than others.

Causes of sensory issues with clothing:

  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD): Some children may be diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, which can make them more sensitive to sensory input, including the way clothing feels on their skin. Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition where the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder can also experience sensory challenges, including sensitivity to clothing, as they often have unique sensory processing patterns.
  1. Choose sensory-friendly fabrics: Soft, breathable materials such as cotton and bamboo are generally more comfortable for children with sensory sensitivities. Avoid fabrics with rough textures or irritating tags and seams.
  2. Introduce new clothing gradually: Transition your child to new clothing items by letting them touch and hold the garments before wearing them. This can help familiarize them with the feel and texture of the new clothes.
  3. Create a comfortable routine: Establishing a consistent routine for dressing can help your child feel more at ease with the process. Encourage them to participate in choosing their clothes, discussing their preferences, and expressing any concerns.

Remember, adjusting to your child's sensory needs can take time and patience. Be sure to listen to their concerns and support them in finding clothes that feel comfortable and meet their unique sensory needs.

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Does My Child Have Sensory Issues with Clothing?

If your child frequently complains about the texture, fit, or tags of their clothes, they might be experiencing sensory issues with clothing. Sensory issues can make certain fabrics and clothing items uncomfortable or irritating for your child. It's essential to understand the signs of clothing-related sensory issues and provide them with appropriate clothing options to ensure their comfort and well-being.

Some common signs that your child might have sensory issues with clothing include:

  • Refusing to wear certain types of fabrics or materials
  • Complaining about tags, seams, or other clothing details
  • Frequent meltdowns or distress when getting dressed
  • Insisting on wearing the same clothes repeatedly

You can help your child by addressing these issues in several ways:

  • Encourage communication: Make sure your child knows that it's okay to express their feelings about clothing discomfort.
  • Choose sensory-friendly fabrics: Opt for soft, breathable, and tag-free clothing items, such as sensory-friendly clothes for sensitive kids.
  • Test different clothing items: Let your child experiment with different types of clothes to find what feels most comfortable to them.

Remember, every child is unique, and what may be comfortable for one child might not necessarily work for another. It's crucial to be patient and understanding while working together to find the best clothing solutions for your child's sensory needs.

Child upset trying to get dressed due to clothing sensitivities.

Do Autistic Children Have Increased Sensitivity to Clothing?

As someone caring for an autistic child, you might be wondering about their sensitivity to clothing. Yes, it's quite common for autistic children to have an increased sensitivity to certain fabrics and textures. This is mainly due to their hypersensitivity to touch and other sensory inputs.

Here are some common issues autistic children may face with clothing:

  • Discomfort: Certain materials can cause significant discomfort for autistic children. Finding sensory-friendly clothing that is soft, smooth, and comfortable can considerably ease this issue.
  • Difficulty in understanding social norms: Autistic children may not fully comprehend the importance of dressing appropriately in various settings. It's crucial to patiently teach them social dressing norms to help them navigate through different situations.
  • Resistance to change: Autistic children may resist changing their clothes, especially if they have grown attached to particular garments. Establishing a consistent routine can help them become more comfortable with making changes in their wardrobe.

To address these sensory issues with clothes, consider the following:

  • Opt for clothes made of soft and comfortable materials like cotton.
  • Avoid clothes with tags, seams, and rough textures that may irritate the skin.
  • Choose elastic waistbands and clothes that are easy to put on and take off.
  • Provide a variety of clothing options within their comfort zone to help them adapt to different environments.

By taking into account their needs and preferences, you can make dressing a more enjoyable experience for your autistic child, and help them feel more confident and comfortable in their daily lives.

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Sensory Strategies to Improve Independence with Dressing

Everyone has unique sensory preferences in daily life, and dressing is no exception. For children with autism, getting dressed might be a challenging task. As a caring individual, you can apply sensory strategies to make the dressing process smoother for them.

  • Prioritize comfort: Choose clothes with soft textures and loose-fitting designs. Avoid tight waistbands and rough materials.
  • Establish a sensory diet: Incorporate calming activities such as warm baths, music, or deep pressure input throughout the day to regulate sensory needs.
  • Introduce brushing: A pediatric occupational therapist can guide you through the sensory integration technique known as brushing, which helps reduce tactile defensiveness.
  • Consult an occupational therapist: They can provide tailored guidance based on your child's sensory processing disorder and daily functioning.
  • Enhance motor skills: Encourage activities that improve motor skills and promote independence in dressing, such as buttoning and zipping.
  • Use social stories: Create customized narratives to help your child understand the dressing process and alleviate anxiety or meltdowns.

With these strategies, getting dressed can become a more manageable task for children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, or other sensory-related challenges.

Here Are Some Sensory Strategies for Clothing Textures We Found Helpful:

  • Choose sensory-friendly clothing that is soft, smooth, and made of natural materials to minimize irritation.
  • Opt for seamless clothes to avoid itchy and scratchy feeling on the skin.
  • Consider adaptive clothing designed specifically for those with sensory sensitivities, offering comfort and ease of dressing.
  • Invest in comfortable clothing such as loose-fitting or breathable fabrics to reduce hypersensitivity and discomfort.
  • Provide a variety of textures for your child to touch and explore, so they can develop a tolerance towards different clothing materials.
  • Encourage the use of a discreet fidget toy for moments when they need an outlet for sensory sensitivities.
  • Create a calm and positive environment when dressing, fostering a sense of safety and trust in the process.

Specific Clothing Sensitivities

Seams

Some people are sensitive to the seams in their clothing. The seams can cause discomfort, itchiness, or even pain for those experiencing sensory issues. To help with this problem, consider looking for seamless clothing or clothes with flat seams to minimize the irritation.

Issues with Socks

Socks can be a source of distress for those with sensory sensitivities due to the texture, tightness, or seams. To address these issues, you can try:

  • Seamless socks
  • Socks made from soft, non-irritating materials
  • Socks with a looser fit to avoid tightness and pressure

Explore various brands and types of socks until you find the ones that work best for your comfort.

Sensitivities to Textures of Clothing

Different materials and textures can cause discomfort for people with sensory issues. Here are some tips to help you navigate the world of clothing textures:

  • Look for clothes made from soft fabrics like cotton or bamboo.
  • Steer clear of materials that are typically itchy, such as wool or synthetic fabrics.
  • Opt for clothes without tags or with removable tags, as they can also cause irritation.

Being mindful of textures when shopping for clothes can help you find items that feel comfortable and don't exacerbate sensory sensitivities. Be patient and be willing to experiment with different materials until you discover what works best for you.

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Weight of Clothing: Choosing Between Heavy and Light Clothes

When considering clothing for children with sensory issues, it's important to be aware of their preferences for clothing weight. Some children may be more comfortable in heavy winter clothes, while others might prefer lighter summer clothes. To accommodate these preferences, you can explore different options like adding or removing layers and trying different textures of clothes that your child prefers.

It's also crucial to think about the materials used in clothing. Natural materials like cotton, bamboo, and wool are breathable and comfortable for many children. Heavy clothing made from natural materials may be more tolerable than synthetic materials like nylon. When selecting clothes, you can opt for breathable fabrics to minimize discomfort.

Other factors to keep in mind include:

  • Deep pressure: Some children might benefit from wearing compression shirts or using weighted blankets to help them feel more secure and less agitated.
  • Layers: Experimenting with layering clothes can help find the right balance between comfort and warmth for your child. Try mixing different fabrics and weights to see what works best.
  • Tightness: While some children might prefer looser clothing, others could find comfort in the snugness of tight clothes. It's essential to identify the right fit for your child.

When shopping for clothes, consider doing so online with retailers that offer free returns. This approach can save you from the stress of trying on clothes in-store and avoid unnecessary meltdowns. Additionally, pay attention to visual and auditory preferences in clothing. Some children might be more willing to wear clothes with favorite colors, characters, or patterns.

Ensure that clothes are easily accessible in your child's room, either by laying them out or placing them in an organized manner in their closet or drawer. If possible, avoid clothing that makes irritating sounds, like buckles or sequins, if it bothers your child.

In summary, it's essential to keep your child's preferences and comfort in mind when selecting clothing. Considering factors like clothing weight, materials, and comfortable textures will help you choose clothes that make the dressing process more manageable and enjoyable for both you and your child.

Strategies to Help with Dressing Skills and Clothing Sensitivities

To support your child's dressing skills and address clothing sensitivities, consider incorporating the following strategies:

  1. Identify preferred textures: Find the fabrics your child likes and avoid ones that cause discomfort. If they need to wear an uncomfortable fabric, have them wear a preferred texture underneath to minimize the unpleasant sensation.
  2. Inside-out clothes: If your child is bothered by seams, let them wear clothes inside out.
  3. Give warmth: Warm up clothes in the dryer before dressing if your child prefers a warm sensation.
  4. Soften clothes: Wash new clothes multiple times to make them softer.
  5. Organize clothes: Label dresser drawers, organize the closet, and use hooks or hangers at eye level to make clothes easily accessible for your child.
  6. Provide visual aids: Create a visual checklist of each dressing step to guide your child.
  7. Rewards system: Set up a rewards chart with stickers so your child can track their progress and work toward a reward for dressing independently.
  8. Incorporate music: Play music or make up a silly song about getting dressed to engage your child.
  9. Use a mirror: Allow your child to visually see how they are getting dressed.
  10. Model behaviors: Show your child how to put on clothes properly by demonstrating the process.
  11. Allow extra time: Avoid rushing by giving your child the necessary time to practice dressing skills, especially during evenings or low-pressure situations.
  12. Discuss processes: Talk about the dressing routine beforehand to make sure your child knows the steps.
  13. Calming activities: Engage in calming activities like massages before dressing.
  14. Deep pressure or heavy work: Practice activities like squeezes, jumping on a trampoline, crab walking, or bear crawling before getting dressed.

For more personalized strategies, consider consulting with a local occupational therapist. If you've discovered specific clothing types that work for your child, share your suggestions in the comments. Enhance your child's personal hygiene skills by exploring resources such as Ebooks on everyday life skills and specialized resources on autism and special needs.

What Clothes are the Best to Help with Sensory Sensitivities?

When dealing with sensory sensitivities, it's important to choose clothes that are comfortable and least likely to cause irritation. Here are some tips to help you select the best clothing options for sensory issues:

  • Fabrics: Opt for soft and natural materials like cotton. Spandex and compression fabrics can also be helpful, especially if your child prefers compression clothing.
  • Seams and tags: Choose clothes with flat seams or no seams at all, as these can cause irritation. It's also a good idea to select tag-free clothing or remove tags from existing clothes.
  • Waistbands: A stretchy waistband can be more comfortable for children with sensory sensitivities. If your child prefers a tighter waistband, make sure it still provides enough flexibility and comfort.
  • Weighted clothing: For some children, weighted clothing can provide a sense of comfort and security. Consider this option if your child responds well to compression clothing.

Remember that every child is different, and their individual preferences may vary. Experimenting with different options will help you find the most comfortable and supportive clothes for your child's specific sensory needs.

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Occupational Therapy Resources for Dressing Skills and Clothing Sensitivity

Here are a few resources that may help you and your child address sensory issues with clothing and develop dressing skills:

  • Sensory-friendly clothing: Search for brands that specifically design clothes with soft materials and minimal seams, or tags that are easily removable. This is important for children who are sensitive to textures and fabric types.
  • Break down dressing tasks: Make dressing manageable by splitting it into small steps and teaching each step independently. For instance, start with pulling a shirt down, then progress towards wearing pants or socks, and finally, fastening buttons. The OT Toolbox's guide on helping kids with sensory issues offers valuable advice.
  • Use a visual schedule: Create a visible plan of action for your child to follow when getting dressed. This ensures a predictable routine and helps alleviate anxiety associated with dressing.
  • Fidget toys: Incorporate fidget toys or sensory activities before dressing. This can help with reducing any sensory sensitivities or stress. You can find several ideas in Children's Community Occupational Therapy Dressing Skills – Sensory (PDF).
  • Occupational Therapy: Work with an occupational therapist who can provide individualized strategies for your child while improving their dressing skills. Occupational therapists can also suggest suitable fine motor skills exercises that can help your child gain more independence with dressing.

By using these resources and working alongside professionals, you can better support your child in developing their dressing skills and managing their clothing sensitivity.

Frequently Asked Questions

What options are available for sensory-friendly clothing for sensitive individuals?

There is a variety of sensory-friendly clothing designed to meet the needs of those with sensitivities. These garments may be tagless, have flat seams, and are made of soft, comfortable materials. You can find them in online stores that specialize in sensory-friendly clothing.

How do sensory issues impact a child's ability to wear certain types of clothing?

Sensory issues may make a child feel uncomfortable or irritated by fabrics, textures, or the fit of their clothes. This can lead to difficulty wearing certain types of clothing, and possibly resistance to wearing clothes in general.

Is there any impact of tight clothing on adults with Sensory Processing Disorder?

Yes, tight clothing can also impact adults with Sensory Processing Disorder. It is essential to consider a person's comfort and sensitivities when choosing clothing, regardless of age, as wearing uncomfortable clothes can exacerbate sensory issues.

What are some symptoms indicative of Sensory Processing Disorder?

Symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder may include:

  • Overreaction to sensory input, such as noises, textures, or lights.
  • Difficulty with coordination and motor skills.
  • Challenges in processing and interpreting information from the senses.
  • Trouble with daily activities due to sensory disruptions.

Can someone have sensory issues with clothing without being on the autism spectrum?

Yes, sensory issues with clothing can occur in individuals who are not on the autism spectrum. Sensory sensitivities may arise from other conditions, such as Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, or anxiety disorders.

How does occupational therapy help with managing clothing sensitivities?

Occupational therapy can help individuals with clothing sensitivities by:

  • Identifying specific sensory triggers and working on desensitization techniques.
  • Developing strategies for dressing and adapting to uncomfortable clothing.
  • Recommending appropriate sensory-friendly clothing options.
  • Teaching coping mechanisms for dealing with sensory-related anxiety and stress.
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How to Teach Teenagers with Autism Personal Hygiene Self-Care Tasks

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Teaching Personal Hygiene Self-Care Tasks

As you may know our family is working hard to teach my teenage brother with autism to be independent with every day tasks and some of those skills include personal hygiene self care tasks. My mom, really wanted to know where he stood with how much he could do on his own and how much he was needing help from her at home. So, we created these charts with the steps broken down for each task so we could monitor how much assistance he was needing with each skill. Then my mom could learn which steps he was needing the most help with and we could brainstorm ideas on ways he could do those steps more independently.

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For example, he was learning to wash his face every day with a new acne soap to help him with his skin. In the beginning my mom had to do each step for him because he hated to get his face wet with water and he was afraid to get soap in his eyes. One way we helped him with this fear was by having a dry towel within arms reach that he could get to if he felt like he was going to get water or soap in his eyes. This helped to calm him so that he was more willing to complete the task. Then each day my mom would try one simple step for him to try such as getting his hands wet and just touching this face and then gradually working to having him getting this face wet himself. This was a very slow process and we were very patient with him, but over time and with lots of repetition he was able to do this skill pretty much all by himself. Now my mom just stands by and watches incase he needs something and plus this helps with his fear as well.

As a family, we know that these skills can be difficult to learn and take lots of time and repetition to help our children learn to do these skills independently. We also know that there has to be somewhat of an intrinsic motivation for the child to want to be independent with the skill. For my brother, he was motivated to learn these skills to help his skin feel and look better and he had mentioned that he wanted to get married one day 🙂 So we had a conversation about how if you want to get a girlfriend you will want to smell nice for her. These were ideas were intrinsically motivating for him so he was more willing to practice this skill as well.

Think about your families life and dynamic? What is important to your child? Have they mentioned anything about friends or how their body feels? Maybe that could be an idea to go with to help motivate them to learn this skill. Or do they have someone they look up to that could talk to them about the importance of keeping our bodies clean and healthy?

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