Hello. My name is Melissa and my son has ADHD. He is twelve years old and he just started the seventh grade. My problem right now - and this is very embarrassing - is that he still doesn't get it when it comes to tying his shoes. I've tried helping him many times over the years and it's hard for him to understand it. I'm bad because I eventually give up and buy him slip on shoes thinking that he'll be able to learn to tie them when he gets older, but I'm just wrong... wrong... wrong and I'm wondering if other people have been in my situation? Thank you much.
EDIT : Ok, so I googled teaching kids how to tie their shoes and we watched a few of the videos. We found one that was easy for him and he's gotten better at tying them! Thank you everyone for your tips. Much appreciated 😁
Vitgo02- welcome to the group. I have a few thoughts.
Does your child have an IEP? Or a 504 plan?
If yes, then you could request ( in writing with the Special Education dept.) An evaluation for OT ( occupational thearpy) and they could assess him to see if there are any areas that could be impacting his educational process. If he is found to need specialized training they will added an ammendment and write goals, which could help him work on.
The other option is your private health insurance should cover OT service, just speak to his general care doctor and explain you want him to work on this.
The 3rd option is you find the right tools to help him and do it yourself. If this is the only skill he is unable to do then he could just "not be ready" yet. Every child accomplishes tasks at different ages.
Hope this helps.
I am not an OT ( but have lots that I work with) so I could ask for the best tips.