Daily Living Education Case Study: 16-year-old with Difficulty Dressing


A 16-year-old boy with cerebral palsy requires forearm crutches for functional mobility, wears ankle-foot orthotics (AFOs), and has unsteady balance and stability.

The student dresses independently at home while sitting in a chair but requires extra time. He struggles to dress independently after athletics at school due to fatigue. He is often unable to make it to his next class on time. The school Occupational Therapist (OT) recommends AT for increased performance and time efficiency with dressing at school.

Possible Recommendations:

Many devices can aid this student in the gym or locker room. No- to low-tech solutions to increase independence are oversized clothing without fasteners such as buttons/zippers, slide-on shoes, and a stable chair with a back to use while dressing. Mid-tech solutions to increase independence include a: Foot Funnel, Sock N Stocking aid, dressing stick, Pocket Dresser, and shoehorn.

Goals and Outcomes:

The student will dress himself using adaptive equipment after athletics to be on time for his next academic class.

Case Study Forms – SETT Framework

Sample Solutions:

Sock N Stocking Aid

A white plastic device with strings to assist an individual with putting on socks

Foot Funnel

A red device is fitted onto the heel of a sneaker to help a foot slide in easily.

Pocket Dresser

A multi tool with attachments to help close buttons, pull zippers, etc.

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