Hello, I am an Occupational Therapy student completing my final clinical stage at a school for children with developmental disabilties, and we are in need of a feedback zipper!
The request is for a zipper that provides feedback once the zipper is locked in the base. Feedback could be in the form of a visual (e.g., lights), auditory (e.g., bells) or any other stimulus that alerts the child they have completed the step. The goal is to alert the child that they have locked in the zipper and that they can now zip up the zipper. The request is for either a feedback attachment piece to add to our current large zipper or for a new zipper (that resembles our large zipper) with a feedback system. If you are interested, please let me know and I will send you photos of our large zipper.
The end product will be used by many students at the school! Plus, you will be contributing to the participation of children with disabilities in their daily lives and therefore in their communities…which is pretty wonderful if you ask me.
Learning how to use a zipper is an important skill that allows children to participate in meaningful daily activities, such as getting dressed and any other activity that requires the use of zippers. Zippering can be difficult for a number of reasons, such as decreased fine motor skills, vision issues, etc. The Occupational Therapists at the school currently use a large zipper to teach children how to zipper. While the zipper helps address some barriers to zippering, it does not address an important area. Children often have difficulty perceiving when the zipper body has reached the base of the zipper. Typically children will not pull the zipper down far enough so that it locks with in the base. Without this important step, they are unable to zip up the zipper. This is where you come in. We are in need of a zipper that provides feedback to alert the child that they have completed the step.