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Table 3-6: Development of Self-Dressing Skills

STUDY
PLAY
1 year
Cooperates with dressing (holds out arms and feet); Pulls off shoes and removes socks; Pushes arms through sleeves and legs through pants
2 years
Removes unfastened coat; Removes shoes if laces are untied; Helps pull down pants; Finds armholes in pullover shirt
2.5 years
Removes pull-down pants with elastic waist; Assists in pulling on socks; Puts on front-button coat or shirt; Unbuttons large buttons
3 years
Puts on pullover shirt with min A; Puts on shoes with fasteners (may be on wrong foot); Puts on socks (heel may be on top); Independently pulls down pants; Zips and unzips jacket; Needs assistance to remove pullover shirt; Buttons large front buttons
3.5 years
Finds front of clothing; Snaps or hooks front fastener; Unzips front zipper on jacket; Puts on mittens; Buttons series of 3-4 buttons; Unbuckles shoes/belt; Dresses with supervision (needs help with front and back)
4 years
Removes pullover garment independently; Buckles shoes/belt; Zips jacket; Puts socks on correctly; Puts on shoes with assistance tying; Laces shoes; Consistently identifies front/back of garment
4.5 years
Puts belt in loops
5 years
Ties and unties knots; Dresses unsupervised
6 years
Closes back zipper; Ties bows; Buttons back buttons; Snaps back snaps