‘Dressing for Enjoyment?’

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With the Autumn weather cooling down, the flipping of the calendar to November and the leaves changing colors and falling from the trees…THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS HERE!

Just go into any store and you will find Thanksgiving and December decorations, aisles of toys, the scents of the holiday season fill the air from the front to the back of these establishments.

I know we are thinking  about how to get to all multiple relatives homes on the same day.  May you will juggle the holidays by spending a little time here and a short time there.  Will address this juggling act later this month.

For now, let’s talk about an area of holiday enjoyment that we often overlook – WHAT TO WEAR?

Yes, I know you do think about what you are going to wear for every office party, every neighbor dinner, every family gathering, …

BUT, have you thought about how a person with a sensory issue with clothing is ‘Dressing for Enjoyment?’

Individuals with sensory processing and sensory integration conditions can truly be uncomfortable while trying to enjoy a wonderful time with family and friends.

We posted this topic on our Facebook page as a reply to a question from our ‘Friend’ Autism Exposure.

Leave your comments about how this ‘Dressing for Enjoyment?’ can be applied to the holiday season so my son and others can enjoy their turkey and cranberry sauce…while fully clothed!

Here is what we recommended to Autism Exposure‘s inquires about advice on how to dress to get a job interview:

Kbj Cosse’ Dress for success! But pick a comfortable outfit. IF NEW CLOTHES, wash once and wear outfit at least twice around house/neighborhood for 15 minutes, or however long you think the interview will be. This will help you adjust to the fit of th…e clothing. REMEMBER to pre-wear shoes, ties, hats, jewelry-the entire ensemble in advance. If you don’t like this outfit, you still have time to select something else to wear. ‘Clothes Prep’ the week before interview will help with new fasteners (buttons, zippers, tie, tuck). Likewise, you should consider fabric sensory concerns (Too soft, smells, dyes, texture, patterns, body chemistry, weather/ temperature reactions).  Additionally, practicing will decrease focus on how clothes ‘feel’, and ‘look’ on the interview day. . Usually, we are generally comfortable with a new outfit by the 2nd time it is worn. Just remember to wash/clean if get outfit dirty during trial wear. Good luck!See More

{Tuesday ,11-2-10 at 2:25pm “Enjoying the Hi-5s of Autism – A Family Experience” and http:familyenjoyinghi5autism.blogspot.com}

We think this advice can be applied to many occasions, including the holiday season.

What other general thoughts could you add to assist individuals and parents dressing their loved one with a disability, in particular a sensory issue?

For them, it’s not just their shoes that need to be very comfortable!


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(Google/Blogger/Buzz/Reader – original posts with reference links) http:familyenjoyinghi5autism.blogspot.com

(Facebook – webpage with Discussion & Events tabs) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Enjoying-the-Hi-5s-of-Autism-A-Family-Experience/

(Twitter & Twellow directory) @EnjoyHi5Autism, KBJCosse’ | (is babymiracle2005 on Twitter); KBJ Cosse’@babymiracle2005

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About EnjoyHi5!Autism Babymiracle2005

Wife 15 years, Moomie 5 years, community leader, disability advocate, events planner, strategic trainer, FUNdraiser, blogger, social networker
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