I just went to a course this past week (yes, another one! ‘Tis the time of year!) regarding autism and sensory processing disorders.
For those of you who missed the posts I have done in the past regarding children with challenges in sensory modulation, indicators of sensory modulation typically include extreme inflexibility, resistance to activities, difficulty in transitioning in activities, poor behavior, over or under reaction to the environment, perseverating behaviors, a lack of inner drive or motivation, avoidance behaviors and difficulty focusing attention.
One thing that many children who have difficulty with sensory modulation find challenging is finding clothes they can feel good in. Dressing can be the most difficult point of the day for a child challenged by sensory issues and their parents.
Of course, work with a therapist who specializes in sensory modulation and processing can be invaluable! Sensory “defensiveness” responds well to proprioceptive input as well – heavy work, and an effective “sensory diet” planned for them every day. You can see more about that here in this back post: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2011/10/20/an-effective-sensory-diet-for-your-homeschool-the-over-responders/
However, I also wanted to pass along some of the links I received for clothing. Companies mentioned included:
www.smartknitkids.com for totally seamless underwear and socks
www.tereskids.com for seamless, tagless organic clothing made in the USA
and www.hannaandersson.com also for clothing
I want to hear from you! Do you have a favorite clothing company that is a saving grace in getting your clothing-sensitive child dressed?
Oddly (or not so oddly), the course I went to recommended LESS CHOICE, to really pre-select what a child can pick from. Have only one or two things out only, or totally lay out the clothes if you can, because otherwise it is not whittled down between picking A or B or whether or not we put these clothes on, but it morphs into tearing apart all the clothes in the closet everyday out of sheer desperation. A visual activity chart was also suggested in terms of laying out all the different parts of the morning routine in order to try to “unstick” the focus on dressing.
In the next post, I want to highlight some products I learned about that could be helpful for children who are learning about the “hidden curriculum” of society.
Many blessings, and I cannot wait to hear some more companies that are helpful in this challenge.