Putting on a Jacket
This video shows a later stage of teaching a child to independently put on her Jacket.
During earlier stages your child will likely need more physical guidance through each step, in order to learn how to put on his or her jacket without help.
It's important that items necessary for learning a skill are kept in the same area throughout the learning process, in order to help your child follow all the necessary steps successfully.
If you've previously identified a preferred reinforcer for your child, such as a preferred toy or treat, make sure it's readily available for you to immediately provide after a successful teaching trial.
It is common for many early learners to have difficulty with the "fine motor skills involved in using a zipper.
You may want to practice zipping and unzipping with your child as a separate learning tasks."
It is likely that your child will need a lot of physical guidance through each of these steps during early learning trials.
Remember, each child progresses differently, and it may take many learning opportunities over days, weeks, and months for your child to begin to master
each of the steps.
At the start of the learning opportunity, the therapist will begin by telling the child what she wants her to do using one clear, brief statement, such as
IT IS TIME TO PUT ON YOUR JACKET
Notice that throughout the task, the therapist remains close to the child, providing light physical guidance to the child's hands or forearm area as needed.
Although this child has begun to master some of the steps involved in putting on her jacket, it's important to remain close enough to quickly prevent her from skipping a step or completing a step incorrectly.
Catching and correcting these errors quickly is important to ensure that all steps are completed correctly
and in the same order each time, to reduce the chances of repeating the same errors in the future.
Remember, each child is different, and will learn to complete these steps independently at different rates.
For many children, it's likely to take many trials over a period of days or weeks for them to begin mastering each step.
If at any time your child is resisting the putting on his or her jacket, you may need to step back and provide time to calm down before trying again, but it's important to limit any attention during this time.
If your child is consistently resisting learning trials, it may be best to discontinue until you have the chance
to consult with a professional behavior therapist, such as a BCBA or BCaBA