Velcro Bottles for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

RecyclingOTPublished: February 24, 2018Updated: February 26, 2018100 views
Published: February 24, 2018Updated: February 26, 2018

I have been using what I call "Velcro bottles" for over 30 years! They are easy to make and all you need is a bottle, sticky back Velcro and shapes, pictures or objects to attach. Screw the lid back onto large bottles to prevent losing small pieces.

Removing the items to insert develops skills to use hands together, visual attention, eye-hand coordination and hand strength. Children with and without disabilities may begin developing hand skills playing with Velcro Bottles as soon as they can safely avoid putting small objects in the mouth. Adults with developmental disabilities will also benefit from this simple, repetitive fine- motor task that can be completed in a short amount of time. This makes it perfect for people with short attention spans!

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