As a parent of an autistic child that has poor fine motor skills, I have faced many challenges teaching my son how to dress himself. He has finally mastered everything for dressing, except buttons, snaps and belts. To make things easier for him and me, I buy pull-over shirts and pants/shorts with an elastic waistband. This allows him independence in dressing and in using the bathroom.
Now that my son is potty trained, it is important that he is able to get his pants on and off independently. This has meant that he doesn’t wear a belt. He still needs to learn how to operate a clasp on a belt. I will continue teaching this skill and continue to teach him how to do buttons and snaps. I strongly believe that the skills he has yet to learn should not interfere in him being successful with the skills that he has learned.
Myself Belts was created to allow young children the ability to wear a belt and to be able to fasten and unfasten them independently. They sent me one to review and keep. On one end of the belt is a snap that allows you to secure the belt on a belt loop. There are Velcro strips on each end that you can use to fasten the belt closed. The Velcro strips are strong and takes some effort to pull apart. This means that the belt is not going to become unfastened unless you want it to be unfastened.
The Myself Belts is a great product for my son and other children with autism that have fine motor skill difficulties. They come in a variety of designs for boys and girls. Your child can be fashionable, while wearing a belt that is practical. They also have belts in adult sizes.
Myself Belts is giving away one belt to one lucky reader. You get to choose the size and for a boy or girl. This is for US residents only. It starts January 19, 2010 and ends February 2, 2010.
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