Dressing independently may present challenges due to sensory processing issues and difficulties with motor coordination. Some individuals may have problems with fine motor skills which are required for self-care skills such as dressing, tying shoelaces, doing zips and buttons.

Clothes and shoes

Some autistic learners will avoid particular designs and textures of clothes and shoes, for example they may need to be: 

  • Loose fitting  
  • Made of a particular fabric  
  • A particular colour 
  • Have no notable seams  
  • Lightweight or heavyweight clothes  
  • Have particular fasteners – e.g. velcro or poppers  
  • Closed or open-toed shoes  
  • Velcro shoes. 

It can be helpful for parents and families to share any sensory issues their child has regarding clothes and dressing with the school and for the school to enquire about this during transition planning.