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My DD wants to learn to use scissors but like many SN kids she HATES imitating me and she can't figure it out by watching. She wants to do it herself. But she really wants to learn - any suggestions?<br><br>
thanks!<br>
peace,<br>
robyn
 

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A few things you might want to try that work in our classrooms.<br><br>
1) Give her very functional tasks with the scissors that require only one snip -- opening snack packages, fringing things, cutting apart strips of paper to make confetti or "tickets" for imaginary play scenarios. Often people try to teach cutting by moving straight to "cutting on a line" which is too much for most kids -- start with "snipping".<br><br>
2) Sing the song "Open Shut them, Open shut them" while opening the scissors in her presence -- even if she doesn't watch the whole time she should get a sense of the rhythm from hearing your voice.<br><br>
3) Think about getting loop scissors -- the bottom two on this page are what I mean:<br><br><a href="https://www.schoolspecialtyonline.net/ECommerce;jsessionid=C9477C02C5DC00973B6718CAB82F250D" target="_blank">https://www.schoolspecialtyonline.ne...6718CAB82F250D</a><br><br>
With these you only have to close them, they open on their own, and you don't have to get your fingers in the little wholes.<br><br>
4) When you're ready to move from "snipping" to cutting use slippery magazine paper -- much easier to manage than regular paper that rips or construction paper that snags and catches.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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and he has hand birth defects. I use these scissors with him as well as Kumon Let's Start Series Let's Cut Paper workbooks from Target:<br><br>
Mini Loop Scissors: <a href="http://therapyshoppe.com/product.php?cat=3&id=74" target="_blank">http://therapyshoppe.com/product.php?cat=3&id=74</a><br><br>
Fiscars Squeezers: <a href="http://therapyshoppe.com/product.php?cat=3&id=71&offset=0" target="_blank">http://therapyshoppe.com/product.php...id=71&offset=0</a><br><br>
Scissors Stand: <a href="http://therapyshoppe.com/product.php?cat=3&id=77" target="_blank">http://therapyshoppe.com/product.php?cat=3&id=77</a><br><br>
He only has 4 fingers and 2 thumbs and one thumb is non opposable and all digits are very short. The Fiscars pop open better but the mini loop are sharper (and pointy). The Fiscars provide more friction and more work to operate. There is also a stand for putting the scissors in but I have never tried it.
 

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Maura's teacher actually lets her do scissors at school and will do hand over hand - places Maura's hand in the scissors, then her hand over it. She's also found that Maura does well with bigger scissors rather than preschool sized ones - go figure!
 

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Ds' preschool teacher would stand BEHIND the students and help them to begin with - it's much easier to demonstrate and then help if you're both facing the same direction.
 

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My DS is working on scissors now. He prefers to use both hands but I have been cutting a long piece of yarn and he loves snipping in to bits. He has to do it one handed since he has the yarn in the other hand.
 

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My DS is working on it in Occupational Therapy..hand over hand is how they do it. He's yet to figure it out on his own, though he wants to!
 

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Just another "hand over hand" vote here - that's how they started with my daughter and she's picked it up pretty well.
 
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