The Shoelace Tying System
Dena Lehrman, OTR
My name is Dena and I am an Occupational Therapist who works in a Child Development Clinic and consults in the school system. was designed by me, a mother and occupational therapist, who found shoe tying frustrating to teach. I also noticed that it was a long and frustrating experience for my clients and children to learn. Parents and educators are equally frustrated at their difficulty in teaching this skill. While most children quickly manage to make the initial knot, problems arise during the next step of forming the two loops. That’s when children need to hold a loop in each hand and simultaneously manipulate them to complete the bow. The loops often lose their shape and the child soon loses patience.
That’s why I designed the shoelace tying system, which consists of standard shoelaces with Velcro pads placed at the point where the loop is formed. The Velcro helps to stabilize the loops, freeing the child to focus on manipulating and tying them. Other shoelace devices on the market help the child secure their laces by using a plastic bracket or by curling the shoelace, but do not teach the child how to actually tie their own shoes. With however, children learn very quickly how to generalize this skill and tie their own laces after practicing on the shoelace tying system.
Hoping makes a big difference in your child’s development as it has with mine!
Recommended for:
• Preschool and kindergarten programs
• 1st–3rd grade classrooms
• Occupational therapy clinics
• Special education settings
• Home schooling
• Early intervention professionals

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