How To Teach “Dressing for the Weather”

When you wake up and start your day, you most likely check your weather app or look out the window to see what the world is like outside. It probably takes you little to no time at all and being aware of this helps you know what to throw on before you head out! For some kiddos, navigating exactly what to wear for the day can be a challenging and daunting task. It may seem like a “no brainer,” but it’s a very important life skill that takes some individuals extra time to learn. It is something that I work on often in my job with my clients. My “go to” activity to help my kiddos is:

  1. Choose a favorite character (i.e. someone from a show they like or computer game they’re interested in)
  2. Print out and laminate a medium sized, full body photo of chosen character [add hard side velcro to front]
  3. Print out and laminate weather scenes (Sunny, Snowy, Rainy, etc.)
  4. Print out and laminate various items of clothing [add soft side velcro to backs]
  5. Practice dressing for the weather with them

It’s a simple, yet interactive way to teach a crucial life skill! Now, if you are working with the autism population like I do, the individual may need hand-over-hand assistance when first learning this skill and practicing it with you. I recommend utilizing Most-to-Least Prompting and Prompt Fading! Once this portion of the skill is mastered, move on to the individual picking out his or her own clothes for certain scenarios.

Thanks for reading! ~E~

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