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Learning Disabilities Articles for Help with Kids by Susan Kramer


1. What Is Dysgraphia?
2. Dyslexia Information and Help
3. Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Symptoms
Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Explained
5. Oppositional Defiant Disorder - Managing Anger
6. What Is Childhood Disintegrative Disorder  - CDD?
Hyperlexia Information
8. Asperger's Disorder Information
9. TSC and Learning Disabilities
Living Harmoniously with Learning Disabilities
11. Cooperation and Learning Disabilities
12. Overcoming Stress
13. Dividing Time Between Your Kids
14. Helping Kids with Challenges Make Friends
15. Learning Difficulties or Disabilities?
16. Making Transitions and Learning Disabilities
17. Helping Kids Find New Solutions
18. Back to School Dress When Challenged
19. Showing Courage and Learning Disabilities
20. Teach Kids to Stay Close to Home
21. Feeling Fear and Learning Disabilities
22. Kids Learn Trustworthiness
23. Multitasking Ideas
24. Laziness or Learning Disabilities?
25. Helping Kids Reach Their Goals
26. Family Roundtable Discussions with Kids
27. Materialism Issues
28. Illness or Accident Leading to a Challenge
29. Vocational or Academics for Challenged Teens?
30. Expectations and Relating
31. Nurturing Kids of All Abilities
32. Our Roles in the Eyes of Society
Developing Self-Esteem
34. Changing Goals and Learning Disabilities
35. Shopping Trips Can Be Educational
36. Achievement with Learning Disabilities
37. Resolving Conflicts and Learning Disabilities
38. Teaching Kids Order and Organization
39. Family Life with Learning Disabilities
40. Backyard Motor Skills Games
41. Truancy and Learning Disabilities
42. Kids Learn About Playing Fairly
43. Looking for Equitable Resolves
44. Aerobic Activities for Stress Relief in School
45. Acceptance, Abundance and Learning Disabilities
46. Kids Learn About Sharing

18. Back to School Dress When Challenged

All kids, including those who are challenged with learning disabilities need to feel good about themselves, and this includes how they are dressed.

Back to school time is an opportunity to update your kid's wardrobe for school. They may be going into a new class and most kids would like to look their best in clothes that are clean, free of tears, and fit properly.

Consider that kids do have some really active play at school in physical education activities and playground time, especially. For both boys and girls shorts or pants work best depending on the climate: pants allow freedom of movement.

For girls, wearing tights under a skirt, dress or tunic offers the same freedom of movement, preserving personal modesty while tumbling or hanging upside down from the jungle gym.

The sturdiest jeans I found were those featuring double knees. This was accomplished with a large iron on patch "welded" inside the front of the pants at the knees. It really did prolong the life of the pants.

To replicate this, turn a pair of jeans inside out and iron on, then outline sew the patches made for knee repairs in jeans. That's what I did. Then you save the life of the pants without much extra cost.

The easiest pants for all kids to get on and off with the least hassle are those with at least part of the waistband made in elastic, for example, the kinds that have an elastic waistband around the back half of the waist.

Okay, now that we've talked about pull on pants or tights let's discuss shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, coats.

Pull-on tee shirts are fine for most students, because it is unlikely they would be taking them off during the day. So, for those kids needing help getting dressed for the day there will be an adult or older helper there to assist.

But it might be best to consider short sleeve or long sleeve shirts with Velcro™ or snap closures. Buttons and zippers are much more difficult to close. Many coats now have Velcro™ closures, also. (Even my husband's winter coat has these closures over the inner zipper.)

And don't forget caps that have the sticky closures under the chin, and moving down to the other end of the body to finish dressing the kids for school, include sturdy athletic-type shoes with yes, the sticky closures!

Important note: If your child has a hooded sweatshirt, jacket or sweatpants with a drawstring pull it out - for safety reasons they're illegal now in the USA.

Article by Susan Kramer

Resources for parents, teachers and homeschooling families:

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Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids

Rhythms and Dances for School Age Kids
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Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers
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Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons

Kinesthetic Math and Language Lessons
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All articles copyright © 2000-2011 Susan Helene Kramer
Susan Kramer has worked as a dance specialist with kids and adults of all abilities for more than 30 years,
and lives with her husband in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Click autobiography for details.