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If your child has one (1) hand or weak hands, they can have problems dressing themselves. They can learn new ways to dress using helpful tools. Your child may work with an occupational therapy provider to learn new ways to do daily tasks. Dressing can help your child be more independent and develop skills like others their age. The more they practice dressing, the easier it will be.
Here are some tips that can help your child dress with weak hands or one hand:
To see more dressing tips for teens and young adults with one hand, see “Occupational Therapy One Handed Dressing Techniques” at otdude.com.
Your child can use a button hook to help dress. Here is how to use one:
Watch the video “How to Button a Shirt with One Hand- A Button Hook and How to Use it” from Adaptive Equipment Corner.
To zip jackets, your child can use a zipper pull. Follow these steps:
If you have more questions about how to help your child do self-care, contact an occupational therapy provider or your doctor.
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Reviewed: September 2022