One-handed shoe tying

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Theraputty is an occupational therapy intervention for children who have fine motor difficulties as well as poor postural motor control. The following are some examples of important functional tasks that the children may have difficulties with:

  • Tying shoes.
  • Zipping and unzipping.
  • Buckling and unbuckling.
  • Writing legibly and without significant muscle fatigue.
  • Playing games that require precise hand and finger control.
  • Drawing, painting, and colouring.
  • Manipulating buttons and snaps.
  • Using scissors.
  • Holding and using utensils (i.e. cutlery) properly and effectively.
  • Screwing and unscrewing.

Please note that you need to use the theraputty onTheraputty is a strong, non-toxic, latex free putty-like material that leaves no residue and won’t fragment, separate stain or stick to skin.  There are 6 different colours, each having a different degree of resistance when handled.  The putty can be stretched, pinched, kneaded, squeezed and separated.

Please note that you need to use the theraputty on a clean smooth surface, preferably a table.  When the theraputty is excessively stretched it can break down into fine strands, therefore care should be taken with these as they ‘stick’ to carpets and clothing.

More Shoe Tying Activities

Looking for more ways to practice shoe tying with kids?  These toys and tools are fun ways to practice with kids.

They are additional ideas for your soon-to-be-shoe-tyer.  Perhaps you have friends or relatives who are asking for gift ideas for your child, or you are looking for ideas for upcoming holidays.  These are a few ideas that I love for working on shoe tying and can help kids in their fine motor dexterity to help them become successful at tying shoes.     


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