In my latest video, I demonstrate for a paraprofessional how-to provide the just-right amount of assistance when supporting a student/child in learning how-to zip their coat. The fact that the student/child is holding the ends of the coat together to be inserted into the base of the coat is incredible progress already. It can be difficult in these moments not to just zip up their coat yourself to be able to move onto other activities. Put your hands behind your back and allow the student/child to struggle and guide them with positive reinforcement to the finish line. Children learn through muscle movement, which creates a map in their brain, to enable them to complete the same task with ease in the future. Remember, one must go through the motions to learn the skill.
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