This is a good question because “Hand the leather . . .” does not specify how this transfer is to be done. After each demonstration of a stitch, the administrator should release the needle so that the lacing/shoelace falls naturally. In the running stitch task the needle falls in front of the leather and in the whipstitch and single cordovan stitch tasks the needle falls towards the back of leather. The administrator holds the leather in front of the person within reach and waits for the person to grasp the leather. Reaching for and grasping the leather is a required behavior for a score of 3.0 in the running stitch task. Placing the leather in the person’s hand should be considered assistance as described in the Frequent Observations column of the “Less than 3.0” score.

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