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Can your 2 1/2 year old put on their own shoes?
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:25 PM
DS will be 3 in August. He can't put his own shoes on, they are velcro fastened - its the physical fitting the shoe onto the foot part he really struggles with. He is nowhere near being able to put his own socks on.
Last Friday DS's room leader told DH that she feels DS' fine motor skills are not "where they should be" because he still needs so much assistance to dress himself (shoes, jumper, pants after toilet etc). She's mentioned helping him with shoes and socks on a number of occasions, that seems to be her biggest concern.
She's obviously very concerned though as she's planned a series of "finger and wrist strengthing" activities for DS over the next few weeks and if she doesn't see an improvement wants to discuss our "options" with us.
So tell me, can your 2-3 year old put their own shoes on?
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:29 PM
My DD 2y9m can put her sandals on and do up the velcro. She cant do any other kinds of shoes though.
ETA: Shes only been able to do it for a couple of months, so she was at least 2.5 before she could.
Edited by LittleMissPink, 13 March 2012 - 06:30 PM.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:33 PM
Yes DS will be 3 in next month, he is able to slip on his shoes (crocs) by himself. It is only really a matter of slipping them on, no do ups or anything!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:35 PM
Yep, has been able to for at least a few months (she's 2 year 7 months presently). Often gets the shoes around the wrong way though. She's fine dressing and undressing herself also, going to the toilet etc, although her fashion choices leave much to be desired!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:36 PM
My DS is also 3 in august - he can put crocs on on the right feet, but no way can he do socks or shoes like sneakers even with velcro - he can't work out how to get his foot in....
I don't think I'd expect him to....I think my just 4 yr old nephew worked out how to do it over Christmas just gone???????
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:36 PM
Yep mine has been able to for a while, but some shoes she has trouble getting on her feet.
With socks she can get them on but sometimes they are all twisted and she needs help with that.
Though she bungs on that she needs help most of the time. I know she CAN do it, but she doesn't always go and do it on her own IFYWIM. She's now 3y3m
Edited by lozoodle, 13 March 2012 - 06:37 PM.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:37 PM
DD has been able to put on her shoes, socks, sandals, etc, on since she was about 26 months. We didn't teach her - I think daycare cared more about it than we did. She loves to do it herself but hasn't got a clue which shoe goes on which foot.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:37 PM
My nealry 2.5yr old can put her shoes on (she refuses to do up the fastner). She can get them off no worries (undoes buckles or velcro).
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:38 PM
Yes my DS2 (3 in August) can put Velcro strapped shoes on. Nowhere near putting socks on yet though!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:40 PM
Yes. She can put on crocs and sandals. I haven't tried anything else as it's too hot!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:41 PM
Meh, no. DS (3 in July) can get his gumboots on, and can get his 'big' shoes on by stepping in to them and then doing up the Velcro. He can't get 'tight' shoes on. He struggles to pull his pants up, and certainly couldn't get a shirt over his head. He struggles to get his socks off, much less on.
I couldn't care less. Is he going to be able to dress himself at 5? Yep. Are his motor skills overall deficient? Well, he can draw circles (crappy ones) and straight lines (also crappy) and hold a pencil/crayon 'properly', he can paint, play the keyboard, throw balls including into a basket, catch balls thrown at him, he can thread fruit loops onto string and work an iPad like a pro.
I wouldn't let your kids teacher get you too upset, unless there are other things he can't do as well. Kids get things at different times. Whatever. 'Delays' manifest themselves as a much broader set of deficiencies - the mere fact he hasn't yet learnt to put on his shoes (which is a repetitive learnt movement as much as just a fine motor skill) doesn't mean he automatically needs strengthening exercises!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:44 PM
DS is 3 in Aug too and can put socks onbut not shoes. Oh he can pull on his gumboots but getting the right foot is a fluke.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:45 PM
DS2 turned 2 in January and has been able to put velcro sandals and joggers on by himself for about a month now.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:47 PM
DD (25 months) can get shoes and socks on and off, and practices often for fun.
She is useless at going up and down stairs still, and will often do it on hands and knees!
I think each kid has their strengths and weaknesses!!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:47 PM
My DS is 3 in July and he can just manage crocs.
He's TT'd but will only pull up or down undies. At the same age my DD was much more independant. I don't know if it's a boy / girl thing or personality. I'm not concerned!
Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:06 PM
DD is about 3 months younger and can't (mainly, has no interest in even attempting to). Her fine motor skills and strength are good though, similar to what MsN describes, so it does seem to only be a matter of time. Or motivation.
I don't think that something like that in isolation proves much about their abilities in general - so I would think that for CC to be concerned, they might've noticed other things but are focussing on dressing etc because that's the bit that would make their life easier?
But also, it's possible that the targeted activities aren't really a sign of her being very concerned as such, rather just doing what's expected of her in her role - they've identified he could do with a bit of help in this area, and are following through with it.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:11 PM
DD will be two next week and has been able to put her own shoes (Mary Jane, sandals, boots) since about 15 months. She can also put on socks and her own jumpers (can’t do the zip, but she’s working on it). She's working on matering getting pants and shirts on and off.
However, DD is VERY independent and has always been a head with her gross and fine motor skills. Like a PP’s LO, DD will take her shoes on and off for fun.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:19 PM
DD is nearly 26 months. Can put shoes on (sandshoes and sandles with velcro, pull on boots with tabs and rubber boots). Can get socks on as well and is good with pants, shorts, jackets.
Speech however - well that is an entirely different game! Great at charades though.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:23 PM
Both of my older DD's could put their own shoes and socks on from about 2 1/2. DD3 is still a baby. Not laces though, that came much later
Posted 13 March 2012 - 07:24 PM
Miss 2yo can put on crocs and sandles with velcro and has been able since about 22 months. She is expert at taking them off too which drives me a little crazy.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:54 PM
my 2 and half yr old son can go and get his shoes and will bring back the correct pair..he tries and puts them, but cant get them all on yet..but bless him he gives it a good try..
Posted 24 March 2012 - 11:03 PM
No for both DD1 and DD2. DD2 is 3.6 years old and depending on the shoes will still need help. Sometimes they are on the wrong feet or she can't get the strap though the buckle part. Today she couldn't get her shoes on because she was getting the tongue part caught. DD has good fine motor skills.
I personally would expect that a 2 year old might have some difficulties putting shoes on.
Posted 24 March 2012 - 11:05 PM
My DS 22 months can put his own shoes on - not on the right feet though But give him socks to either put on or take off and he's completely useless...
Every child learns new things in there own time - my nearly 4 year old nephew has only recently started dressing himself - we finally worked out that it was pure laziness, he knew exactly what to do - he just couldn't be bothered.
As PP's have said, if its only getting dressed (shoes included) that he's having problems with then I wouldn't be overly concerned, as long as he is doing most other things at a good rate.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:35 AM
DD 2years 4months can do her own shoes and sandals but not socks. She has been able to since just before 2, but she was my earliest one to do it.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 11:14 PM
DS - 2 years 3 months has no idea. Largely due to the fact I am so terrible making him wear things or shoes. Only time he wears thongs is maybe if we go to the shops. Socks and shoes only if we are going out maybe at night....
Not a fan of shoes on him at the playground, beach, backyard or at daycare. It's much safer for them to learn new gross motor skills without shoes.
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