Thursday, April 21, 2011
I suggest teaching how to close a zipper by having the child stand up wearing a jacket with a pretty large zipper. Stand behind the child so that you both have the same perspective. The jacket is easier to manipulate while standing rather than bunched up on the lap.
Zipping is complex so I suggest using the backward chaining teaching method. this involves teaching the last step first. Consider attaching a cute toy or pin to the zipper tab to make pulling up easier. Then YOU connect the zipper together and place the child's nondominant hand to pull down on one jacket side while the other hand pulls the zipper upward.