Where to begin:
To teach a dressing skill, a technique called backward chaining is used. It is a way of teaching your child a new skill. It involves teaching the last step first. First teach your child the entire process of a dressing skill, then leave the last part or parts for them to complete. Try to keep the process exactly the same so your child learns the routine.
- Use a large, easy-to-close separating jacket zipper (1/2 inch wide).
- After the child can zip a separating jacket zipper with the shank already inserted into the slide bottom, introduce the insertion procedure.
- Position in a standing or seated position.
- Demonstrate each step, leaving the last part or parts for your child to complete. As your child learns a step, leave the next step for them to master.
The skill of zipping-up is broken down into step below:
- Child zips up the zipper when three-quarters zipped.
- Child zips up the zipper when halfway zipped.
- Child zips up zipper from the bottom with shank and slide already fastened, with guidance to grasp the pull tab.
- Child holds slide bottom with one hand, is guided to insert shank into slide bottom, and zips up.
- Child zips separating zipper independently.
Reprinted with permission from “Pre-Dressing Skills Revised by Marsha Dunn Klein, M.ED., OTR
Original Source available through www.mealtimenotions.com
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