Clothing Webinar - Perkins School for the Blind

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Welcome to:
“Teaching Clothing Care”
• Presented by: Ben Chamberlin, TVI and
Independent Living Specialist
Everything You Wanted to Ask
about Clothing but were
Too Afraid to Ask!
a Perkins Webinar
with Ben Chamberlin
Today’s Objectives
• Things to consider when purchasing
clothes
• Strategies and techniques for organizing,
matching and labeling clothes
• Strategies and techniques for laundry care
and folding
• Adaptations and modifications
• Provide you with the confidence to go out
there and teach!
Potential Obstacles
• Concerned about the child’s appearance
Self-Determination
Tailor the lesson to the student
• Lack of confidence/teaching experience
Try it yourself, pre-teach, postgame, agreed upon
language
• Finding Time: Will likely take longer than you
think
Focus on specific skills and fill-in blanks yourself
Split lessons across days
Never too young
Ways to learn and to help with household chores
• Put dirty clothes in hamper
• Help take clothes out of dryer, fold or put
clothes away
• Being the timekeeper
• An active participant, “in the know”
Self determination
• Choosing what clothes to wear
• Developing a sense of self and style
• Caring about appearance
• Encourage students to make choices
Selecting and Purchasing Clothing
• Appropriate level of challenge
elastic waist, easy to orient clothes
• Students with hemiparesis
loose fitting shirts, snaps on coats
• Tactile defensiveness
remove tags, avoid scratchy clothes
• Matching
Easy-to-match clothes, even clothes that all go together
• Identification
Distinct feel to the fabric or shape or trim/insignia to
make clothing easier to identify, e.g. all black socks of
thin smooth fabric and all white socks of thicker, ribbed
fabric.
• Easy fabric care
read labels, avoid “dry clean only”
Organizing
Clothes
•Labeling Dresser
Drawers with Large
Print, Braille or
Pictures
Organizing
Clothes
•Drawer dividers:
Shoe Boxes,
Cardboard Dividers
Organizing
Outfits
•Pre-made outfits
sorted by day and
labeled on drawers
•Learn outfit
sequencing
(underwear, socks,
pants, shirt)
Organizing
Outfits
•Dividing Outfits, or
Types of Clothing
by using Hanging
dividers in your
closet
•Learning what to
wear for types of
weather, special
occasions
Matching Clothes
• Tactile labels (Few tops have tags now, so
where do you put labels?)
• Everything matches jeans!
• Rubber band around hanger
• Color labels have limited usefulness to totally
blind student
• Descriptions in an electronic file
Matching
Clothes
•Cutting the tags in
different ways, and
matching the same
cutting technique
from the shirt tag
with the pants tag
to match
Matching
Clothes
•Using the same
technique but with
fabric paint.
Designs could
include Circles, X’s,
Triangles, or even
Dots
Matching
Clothes
•Using the same
technique but
stitching or sewing
in X’s or French
Knots
Matching
Clothes
•Using the same
technique but with
various shapes of
buttons
Matching
Clothes
•Using the same
technique but with
Match Makers
placed on the
undersides of tags
Matching
Clothes
•Using the same
technique but with
Braille Markers
placed on the
undersides of tags
Teaching about Garments
• Learning landmarks: tags, hems, seams,
collars, sleeves, cuffs
• Distinguishing features: buttons, zippers, shape,
fabric, trim, design, insignias.
• Learning orientation how to put on properly,
take off without turning inside out & how to
correct if backward, inside out
• Knowing when clothes are outgrown or need
mending
Laundry Pre-Game
• Learning parts of the machines & what they do
• Listen to cycles
• Labeling washer and dryer
• Load Size
• Check info on label for fabric care
• Front loading vs top loading washers
Labeling
Dials
•Washer and Drier
dials can be made
accessible by
labeling them,
using an
assortment of
tactile and Braille
markers
Sorting
• Systems for light/dark
tactile labels, sock locks, sectioned laundry hampers
• Systems for Special Care
separate clothing that could in some way damage
others, e.g. may run, or that requires special care,
e.g. gentle cycle
• Empty pockets
Washing
• Create laundry steps
• Place basket/bag right next to washer/dryer for
convenience and to minimize spills
• Make sure machine is empty before putting clothes
in
• Adjust temperature, degree of agitation and load
size
• Check floor to make sure none have fallen.
• Use detergent
• When emptying washer, scan drum to make sure all
clothes are removed.
• Washing by hand is a good way to learn about
concept of washing clothes.
Detergent
•Standard Liquid
poured into cap
•Use of pump bottle
•Powder placed in
separate container
and measuring cup for
scooping
•Single serving tablets
Drying
• Check lint filter
• Check labels to ensure no shrinking or melting
• Dryer sheets
• Check floor to make sure none have fallen
• Empty dryer and scan drum to make sure all clothes
are removed.
• Cleaning lint filter.
• Fold clothes right away
Monitoring time
• Often overlooked
• Estimating time for cycles
• Can use a watch, a timer, or embed the activity
in other routines (washer before dinner, dryer
after dinner, or the cycles according to the
length of a TV show)
Folding Clothes
• Easiest to hardest
Start with wash cloth/hand towel, heavy sweater/sweatshirt, then
advance to pants, shorts, t-shirts, collared shirts
• Different strategies, different surfaces to work on
• Agree upon language so that it’s consistent
• Identifying clothing landmarks
Start when clothes are on you then go to just clothes
• Students with Hemiparesis
Experiment with strategies for stabilizing, use chin/teeth
• Hanging on hangers
• Putting clothes away
• Flip N Fold
Great for participation in task
Folding a Washcloth
Folding a Sweater
Folding a Sweater Using the Body
Folding Pants
Folding Pants Using the Body
Placing Pants on a Hanger
Placing a Shirt on a Hanger
Postgame!
• Things to consider when purchasing clothes
• Strategies and techniques for organizing,
matching and labeling clothes
• Strategies and techniques for laundry care and
folding
• Adaptations and modifications
• Provide you with the confidence to go out there
and teach!

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