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legofansmum Mon 30-Apr-18 16:48:21

I have a son with ASD who is starting secondary school in September. He has an EHCP:Statement . He is pretty academic but struggles with fine and gross motor skills and social and communication issues.
He cannot tie laces.
Would he be bullied wearing these shoes do you think? I'm starting to look at uniform etc.. in preparation.

He will be attending a small city Catholic Comprehensive if that helps.
Many thanks

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LIZS Mon 30-Apr-18 16:52:35

They are probably ok but do check that flat rubber soles are an acceptable style, some schools expect a proper heel and sole. Could you use black elastic or locklaces on a lace up?

noblegiraffe Mon 30-Apr-18 16:52:46

They look fine to me in terms of bullying, just check the school’s particular uniform policy. I have heard of schools being picky about the green label...

Spartacunt Mon 30-Apr-18 16:55:03

They look great - just cut off the green /red labels if necessary, that's what we do. Most kids wear Kickers at my sons' secondary.

Ilovewillow Mon 30-Apr-18 16:58:55

They look fine. If you want a lace up though try Hickies, rubberised ties which turn a lace up into a slip on - you can get them in black and my daughter loved them before she could tie laces.

RedSkyAtNight Mon 30-Apr-18 17:34:15

I doubt very much anyone will notice his shoes!

But do check that the school allows Kickers.

My DS (now in Y9) has mostly worn black slip on Clarks shoes whilst he's been at secondary school - would that be an alternative option for you?

cricketballs3 Mon 30-Apr-18 17:35:13

My DS who also has fine motor skills issues uses hickies as you also need to think about trainers for PE and as their feet grow its very difficult to find shoes/trainers that aren't laced

legofansmum Mon 30-Apr-18 18:08:55

Thank you ladies.
I was worried about bullying too, so hopefully Velcro Kickers would be ok. It states on school webpage shoes but trainers or trainer style 🤔
Yes I'm worried about football boots and trainers. DS is 10, 11 in August and already a size 7.5 shoe! He will struggle with PE as it is without the footwear being an issue . He really dislikes football and team games due to his coordination difficulties.

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TheSecondOfHerName Mon 30-Apr-18 18:35:33

DS2 (also has ASD) finds it difficult to tie shoelaces securely due to hypermobility in his hands and wrists. He has elastic laces with knots in them that need tying once and then they stretch so he can slip his shoes on and off. They look enough like regular laces that no one has commented. I'll try to find a link.

TheSecondOfHerName Mon 30-Apr-18 18:38:57

Autolock laces available on Amazon, eBay etc.

MagicFajita Mon 30-Apr-18 18:41:31

My son wore those all through secondary school and didn't have any comments on them from his peers.

MagicFajita Mon 30-Apr-18 18:44:57

Also op , look up synch bands for non tie shoe laces. I use them for my high tops and they are brilliant.

TheSecondOfHerName Mon 30-Apr-18 18:47:22

The recommendation of autolock laces was for the PE trainers and/or football boots. As far as school shoes are concerned, there'll be other boys wearing velcro shoes, especially in Y7 & Y8.

lljkk Mon 30-Apr-18 18:47:47

Get locklaces for PE shoes (Sports direct sell them, as does Amazon etc). Can use to end of yr11.

I'm not sure about the green on the Kicker shoe. DS can wear shoes like that but must be all black. Any / every shoe place sells them with velcro (DS is in size adult 7 now). IIRC, DS1 wore slip-ons for a while, too (no shortage of old man shoes in this area).

DinkyDaisy Mon 30-Apr-18 19:09:27

My ds year 8 and wears velcro shoes. Takes an age with laces. We have get them from Tesco and Shoezone. Shoe zone don't tend to last long but pretty cheap.
We got him velcro trainers. 20 odd quid Adidas ones with a velcro strap. The Adidas was us relenting as personally don't like labels. However, I am not nearly 13!

iMatter Mon 30-Apr-18 19:10:49

Slip ons from Clarke's and bungee laces on trainers/football boots.

They are really easy to use and don't come undone.

Atthebottomofthesea Mon 30-Apr-18 21:54:34

The school that my dd goes to doesn't allow velcro shoes, so it will be worth checking the uniform policy to see what is allowed.

It is yet another thing for us to worry about my asd ds who will hopefully be starting in Sept 19. I have no idea what I will do.

HoneyJamMarmalade Mon 30-Apr-18 22:00:02

My son can tie laces but he has lock laces on his trainers and football boots for ease when they are cold and muddy.

Put no tie laces into google or Amazon and there are a whole host of options.

Ds2 just slips his feet into his already tied laces as he just can't be bothered to tie them. Your son is not alone not being able to tie laces. You should be able to find something that works for him.

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