Life Skills

Learning to look after yourself is an essential life skill and the first step to independence.

Life Skills

Learning to look after yourself is an essential life skill and the first step to independence. At secondary school age these skills including dressing skills, kitchen skills and managing your money. Dressing skills include tying your shoe laces and tying your school tie. Kitchen skills include making a drink, making a snack or preparing a meal. Managing your money includes understanding money, budgeting and saving.

Shoelaces

Learning to tie shoelaces is hard. Learning to tie laces before you need to wear shoes that need to be tied is a good idea.

Tips for young people:

  • There are lots of different ways to tie shoelaces. Watch different videos of how to tie shoelaces. Try the way that makes the most sense to you. If that is too tricky try something else. Keep going until you find the way that is right for you.
  • Make time to practice. Don't leave it until the last minute.
  • Sit down or kneel down. Sitting on a chair or a step might be easier. If you find this difficult, you could learn and practice with the shoe on a table in front of you. Once you find this easy, try with the shoe on your foot.
  • Ask for help if you need it. It can be hard to learn all the steps in one go. Have someone help you with most of the steps and you can learn the last one. Each time your helper will do a bit less for you.
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One Loop Method

This video shows the One Loop Method.

Click here to access Step by Step (Photograph) Guide for One Loop Method

New Modern Method

This new method is another way to tie your shoelaces. This method is good for right and left-handed people. 

Click here to access Step by Step (Photograph) Guide for New Method

Double Knot at Start

This video shows you how to stop the laces from becoming too loose when starting to tie a shoelace. It involves wrapping the lace around twice instead of once.

Click here to access Step by Step (Photograph) Guide for Initial Knot

Double Knot at End

This video shows you how to stop the shoelace knot from falling out. It involves knotting the two loops at the end.

Click here to access Step by Step (Photograph) Guide for Double Knotting at the End

School Tie

As you move through school you might need to wear a school tie. You might just need a tie in school photographs or special occasions when you are at Primary School. Lots of secondary schools have a tie as part of the uniform and you might need to wear a school tie every day. It helps to be able to tie a tie by yourself so that changing for P.E. is not an issue. 

Use the videos below to learn how to tie your tie.

If you do find learning to tie your school tie difficult then there are other things you can try:

  • Use clip on or elastic ties.

  

  • Ask someone to tie your tie for you the first time. To take your tie off just loosen it and slip it over your head. Now you can slip it on over your head and tighten it up.
  • You might need some help with this strategy. Get someone to tie your tie as normal. Cut apart the back of the tie which would be under the collar. Sew Velcro onto both sides next to where you cut, like in the picture. Now you can use the Velcro fastening to put it on or take it off. 

 

Managing Your Money

Hints and tips on developing independence with money. Understanding money, budgeting and saving are important life skills.

 

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