“Dress for Success” isn’t just an adage for the business community; it’s equally applicable in a school environment.
Unfortunately, peer situations can be tough and bullying still exists in all its evil glory.
While teens and even tweens often are very picky about wardrobe choices, leaving a parent without much say at all, smaller children are often happy with whatever their parents choose for them to wear.
Keeping up to some sort of common denominator with the rest of the class is tricky. You don’t want to spoil the child.
You don’t want to make statements that one absolutely must conform to some sort of cookie cutter ideal.
Neither do most parents want to emphasize the material externals in this world. Add to that the complications involved when a child has sensory issues, further limiting wardrobe and hairstyle, and you are facing quite a challenge.
So how does a concerned parent meet this challenge?
1. Keep Your Eyes Open
Does your child appear more or less as a regular kid, insofar as controllable externals are concerned? Really, look! Your child may be and the other kids certainly are.
2. Buy Accordingly
A child cannot wear clothes that he or she does not own. If your child likes to make his or her own wardrobe decisions, offer a few mainstream choices.
3. Give Opportunity for Full Self Expression on Weekends
Is her absolute favorite outfit a pair of oversized, polka dotted overalls and a plaid flannel shirt? Set that aside as celebrated weekend wear.
Dressing like the other kids doesn’t need to break your budget. Creative persistence in shopping goes a long way. Search your local second hand shops, shop end-of-season sales, ebay, and attend clothing swaps with your friends and neighbors.
Minimizing the issues challenging your child requires out-of-the-box thinking, but then again, as parents of children with exceptionalities, you’re likely used to seeking creative solutions already.