“This shirt is to scratchy.”
“These socks are bumpy.”
“My shoes don’t have wiggle room.”
If your a parent of a child with Sensory Integration Issues you know how things as simple as getting dressed can turn into a nightmare for the child. If your not sure what Sensory Processing Disorder is the
SPD Foundation defines it as :
“Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD, formerly known as “sensory integration dysfunction”) is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses. Pioneering occupational therapist and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, PhD, likened SPD to a neurological “traffic jam” that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, and other impacts may result if the disorder is not treated effectively.”
The oldest of the little guy’s has SPD and I have heard everyone of the comments above. We have had so many battles over clothing that I thought I should share a couple things I have discovered.
1. Do not blame the child. They can not help that the clothes they are putting on caused the meltdown they are having.
2. To make room for toe wiggling: As unattractive as many think they are Crocs can be the best purchase you ever made if your child has SPD. They have plenty of room to wiggle. If you would like to try a different pair find a size that is at least one size bigger then what they would really wear. I suggest buying them in a wide size also.
3. Once you have the shoes it’s on to the socks. To someone with SPD the seams in a sock and send them over the edge. Invest in seamless socks. We love the ones from SmartKnit Kids. Not only do they have no seams but they have no heels, which can make a sock feel bunched up.
4. Look for tagless clothes. I am so happy that companies have started making more and more of their clothes without tags. It sure saves a lot of cutting them out while trying not to cut the item. Also look for items free of elastic. This can also be very irritating.
5. Let them try items on at home. If you have an article of clothing that always causes a meltdown, instead of having it happen in the middle of a store bring them home to try on. I have been known to buy 10 items bring them home and have to return them all only to try with 10 more.
We are just exploring some therapy options to help with the clothing and a lot of other issues with SPD he possesses. I will be sharing more as we go along.