Changes to how you dress during puberty for girls
This lesson introduces the purpose of wearing a bra and provides visual cues for discussing any issues arising from wearing or not wearing a bra.
Foundation Knowledge for this lesson includes differentiation of male and female bodies; awareness of age and body differences between babies, children, adolescents, and adults; and public and private body parts.
- Sensory activities: Show different types of bras with different fabrics, textures, and clips. Allow time to try on various types to see what is most comfortable.
- Desensitisation exercises: Begin with wearing light, comfortable bra tops for a few minutes to a few hours a day prior to breast development to support introduction of daytime wear.
- Catalogues: Use lingerie catalogues to discuss options and preferences.
- Shopping trips: A close, trusted female could go bra shopping for herself with a student coming along to see the process to support normalising of shopping for and wearing bras.
- Sequencing: Add bras to dressing and undressing sequences.
- Consequences: What would happen if you didn’t wear a bra? How do others react to seeing breasts? What is like to exercise without a bra?
- Pros and cons: sort the good things about bras from the not-so-good things. Allow your student time and space to communicate any difficulties they are having.