Have you ever tried to teach kids to tie their shoes? It’s definitely not an easy skill to learn. Or to teach.
As a pediatric occupational therapist, I help kids learn how to complete the skills they need for everyday life. That includes shoe tying. For the most part, the children I work on shoe tying with are the ones who have difficulty with visual motor integration skills. This means they struggle with coordinating the connection between what their eyes are seeing and what their hands are doing — essentially, eye-hand coordination. Another common difficulty I notice in my kiddos who have a hard time learning to tie their shoes is related to visual perceptual skills, particularly the concept of figure ground. They become easily confused by all of the criss-crossing and looping of laces, and their visual system suddenly cannot distinguish one lace from the other.
Thankfully, there’s a solution for that: Easy Tie laces.
Easy Tie laces are shoelaces that have been specially designed to help children who struggle with learning to tie their shoes.
As you can see in the picture, their unique and helpful features include:
- Dual colored laces to remove lace confusion
- Dual textures to aid in lace identification and tying
- Smaller laces that fit better in smaller hands
- Laces that always stay even in length
- Stiffer laces that don’t flop over when making loops and that stay in place when tied
Easy Tie laces work by removing the two biggest obstacles in shoe tying: lace confusion and floppy laces. The dual colors and textures aid in lace identification and the design of the lace holds its shape, which allows beginning shoe tiers increased time to make their loops and can decrease frustration. In addition, Easy Tie laces are designed in a way that allows the laces to remain even in length.
Easy Tie laces were developed by the parents of a child who was struggling to learn to tie his shoes. He consistently became confused by which lace to put where and, after his mom cleverly decided to tie two differently colored shoe laces together — BOOM! He could tie his shoes. The combination of different colors and textures was like magic. No more lace confusion! They gave some to friends and family and the dual-colored laces worked for their children too. It was at that moment that Easy Tie laces were born.
After their initial success with their own son, Scott and Brandee (the creators of Easy Tie laces) tested 275 different laces until they found the perfect combination of size, material, weave, texture, and tying security. Created by a teacher and designed by an engineer, Easy Tie laces are now available online at www.tyingisasnap.com as well as on Amazon. They are designed to fit children’s shoes from sizes 8 to 3. To date, Easy Tie laces have been sold in every state in the US and in 7 countries. Though Scott and Brandee thought they were just helping children when they created this product, they actually ended up helping out occupational therapists too. Now we have a helpful resource to share with parents that is commercially available (not just sold on special therapy websites)!
I really like this short video that demonstrates how Easy Tie laces outperform regular shoe laces:
Ever since Easy Tie sent me a few free pairs to try out for myself, I have been using them with my students in both the clinic- and school-based settings. And you know what? They have been working! I even have one kiddo who is currently motivated to learn to tie his shoes so he can earn his pair of Easy Tie laces to wear in his new shoes he just picked out! So cool.
And you know what else is cool? Easy Tie has agreed to partner with Mama OT to give away a FREE PAIR of Easy Tie laces to ONE LUCKY WINNER!
This Easy Tie Laces giveaway will run from Wednesday morning, March 27, 2014 at 12am PST until Tuesday morning, April 2014 at 12am PST.
Enter for your chance to win (and earn multiple entries!) by submitting your entry in the Rafflecopter entry form below. Please be sure to read the terms and conditions in order to make sure your entry is valid.
Thanks for reading and best of luck!