“How am I supposed to teach him to tie his shoes?”
The Occupational Therapy student’s cheeks were pink. A concerned look creased her face.
Self-doubt was creeping in. I understood.
Sometimes you get a child on your caseload that seems to have a lot of obstacles to face, just to live a normal independent life.
This little boy was no exception. Charlie was born with amniotic banding, a rare condition caused by fibrous strands of the amniotic sac entangling the limbs or other parts of the body, which can cause deformities in utero. In Charlie’s case, he was born without his left hand.
How do you teach bilateral skills like cutting, buttoning, and tying to a child with only one hand?
You adapt. And you teach them to adapt. There’s always a way.
- Every child deserves to live a full and happy life.
- They deserve to be independent.
- And they deserve to accomplish typical milestones, such as tying their shoes for the first time.
I love to use adaptive tools to make these mountainous challenges just a bit easier for my little guys. So I was super excited to tell my OT student about Zubits.