Tying Shoes as a Blind Person

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Hey this is Georgie.

I'm Kaitlyn.

We're gonnatalk about how to tie your shoes.

A very important skill.

We should play theSpongebob song at the end.

Okay continue.

All right Kayla take it away.

All right so one thing that helps me is to like actually have my shoe on when you'relearning to tie your shoes, because you can tell how tight the laces are feel and make sure that it'stied tightly and securely on your foot.

And because in real life you need to put your shoes onfirst before you tie them.

So that you don't tie them with no feet inside.

Okay.

And Iknow you know a lot of times they have these boards like simulations that help blind kids tie their shoes.

No greater simulation than the shoe itself.

So okay starting out.

I have one lace in each hand.

So one in my left hand and one in my right.

Pulled taught so I can tell they're not knotted.

and that they're nice and straight.

So I usually cross them over first, once I have them crossed over I kind of take my index finger and my thumb and hold the part where they cross.

Cross the left and right one.

It kind of forms a triangle and so you're holding the top part of the triangle.

So you take the right part of the shoestring hanging down Take the right side and pull it under thetriangle so it makes a little knot.

You just pull it all the way through so that it makes a knot And you can double knot your shoes if you want.

I typically do.

These particular shoelaces come untied a lot.

And again I have the shoe on my foot so I can feel how tight the knot actually is.

So I'm going to make another knot, doing exactly what Idid before.

So there we go we have a double knot and you can feel and make sure it's totally secure.

Okay, good, good stuff.

And then I take theremaining ends and just kind of like fold them over, like little bunny ears.

So you do two bunny ear method.

Yeah.

It was sodifferent! So there's thebunny ear and you can pull it tight and there we go, we tied a shoe.

Wow you do it so different than me.

All right well Georgie can tell us how she ties her shoes.

I always untie my shoes when I take them off.

No you should, you do want tountie your shoes and you don't want to just slip your shoe off cuz that stretchesthe shoe out and it makes it not as good for running or being outside, it justmakes it very stretched and you want to go tight.

Speaking as someone whoruns, keep your shoes tight.

Okay so the way I do it similar, similar start toKayla's, so I'd crisscross them so you have the one in your left and your right, youcrisscross and so now the one that was in your left is in your right and theone that was in your right is in your left and you have the two ends and it'slike Kayla said they make a little triangle.

You find the tip, the apex if youwill, the tip of that triangle.

You take the one on your right hand pull itthrough the middle of the triangle just like Kayla said.

Pull them really tight and then I make my bunny ear with my right hand.

Myright ones I make the bunny ear.

And then the left I go “around the world”technique right, is that not what it's called or something like that.

So you got yourlittle bunny ear in your right hand between your thumb and forefinger andthen you do your left, you take the left string, it's not in a bunny ear, it'sonly, it's just one, yeah I only have one bunny ear, on the right side.

The leftone and you make it go around so that it's almost feels likeit's gonna track your finger.

It should actually track your fingers in there andwhen you pull it around, the piece that would be for the left of your bunnyear you reached over and you grab that piece and you pull it through and you make alittle bow.

And that's how I do mine.

And we get the same end result.

There's multiple waysto tie your shoes.

But it's very important.

And then with mine with the double knotting I do it with the bunnyears at the end.

I take the two bunny earsand I basically repeat the crisscross.

Not just like straight out.

Yes, so here, let me see, you do the two bunny ears and then you go up through the middle.

They both work though.

Double knotting isvery very good like Kayla says, because then your shoes are less, they're notgonna come untied and you're not gonna get stuck sitting down in the crowd, to like putyour cane down.

Oh girl, I just stop where I am, and tie! Yeah, tying your shoes is acompletely non-visual activity for everybody.

I mean I think you know goingout so the parents out there like you could probably do it with your eyesclosed.

And so anything you can do with your eyes closed your kid or any of us, also blind adults, can do completely without vision as well, so you definitely, it's something it takes a lot of practice at first.

I'm telling you when Iwas a kid I thought I was going to literally light my shoes on fire! I was so frustrated with them, it took me a really longtime actually but it's totally, totally something you don't need to use yourvision for it all.

And you don't want your kids to wear slip-on velcro shoes when they're in they're 30's .

You've gotta learn eventually it's all just about when.

Are you gonna do itnow.

Are you going to tomorrow.

Are you gonna do it next year.

The earlier you start working on these skills, the better.

Totally.

And if you're the kid themore confident you will grow up to be.

Definitely.

Speaking as I say to someone whostruggled with it I could definitely do it on the fly now and I'm sure you will soonwith lots of practice.

And you've got tons of time to practice right now, so go getsome shoes, get out all your shoes all your laces.

Tie your brothers shoes.

Tie your brothers shoes together.

The quicker you learn how to tie shoes thequicker you can play all kinds of pranks on your parents and siblings.

By tying theirshoes together.

You're welcome.

You're welcome.

Go tie some shoes and we'll see you all soon with another video.

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