By: Christine M. Riley, Education Advocate
One of the most common concerns parents ask about us about is how to help their children learn to tie shoes so they can get out of Velcro. If you and your child are struggling with this issue, you are not alone!
Wearing Velcro shoes well into elementary school years could give rise to teasing and bullying of your child. In addition, learning the skill provides a boost in self-confidence and opens possibilities to a wider variety of footwear. Many sports involve shoes that often must be tied, such as soccer cleats. Help your child help himself by initiating shoe-tying skills as soon as reasonable.
I discovered these shoe-tying videos several years ago and frequently recommend them to clients.
One of the newest methods I've seen is this one from a Mom of a child with autism:
This video shows the “Ian Knot,” which is an easy and fast method for tying shoes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgSwvDkJVxE
The next video provides the “Magic Fingers” method, which is a bit more complicated, but may be easier for some children. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWl2dPfBQPk