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Shoe tying can be a tricky skill for some kids to learn and this is a skill we have been working on in our family as well. We wanted to share a video with you demonstrating two ways that my brother has been able to independently tie his shoes.
Working as an occupational therapist I work on this skill multiple times a day with kids.
Here are some tips you can use when teaching shoe tying to your kids:
-Be Patient: This is a new skill and it can take time and energy to learn a new skill
-Model the skill for them with the shoe in front of you on the table. This will be easier then having the child try to tie the shoe on their own foot.
-Provide verbal cues for the child if they forget a step
-You complete the first few steps and then the child completes the last step of the shoe tying method so that they are successful in one aspect of the skill and they can feel like they accomplished something. Or have them complete the first step and then you finish the rest of the steps of shoe tying for them.
Check out other modified methods for children and teens to become independent with shoe tying!
LOCK LACES (Elastic No Tie Shoe Laces)
New HICKIES 2.0 Performance One-Size Fits All No Tie Elastic Shoelaces
Homar No Tie Shoelaces for Kids and Adults – Best in Sports Fan Shoelaces
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