Tips and Strategies for Manipulating Buttons and Zippers

  1. Explore adaptive device
    1. Button Hooks with zipper pulls
    2. Attach rings to the ends of the zipper to increase size of zipper
    3. Use velcro on the inside of your clothing instead of buttons
  2. Try adaptive strategies
    1. Leave shirt buttoned to pull on and off
    2. Wear clothing with elastic waist bands versus buttons
    3. For belt loops, loop the belt in your lap prior to putting on and then hook once your pants are pulled up
  3. If you have any questions about adaptive equipment or strategies, please contact your Occupational Therapist

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About the Author


Heather Simpson, OTR/L

Heather Simpson graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Early Education from the University of Florida in 2007. Following…

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