by Jenna Schade January 13, 2020 1 Comment
I didn’t realise that socks were that important, or even an issue for our Chloe. She didn’t complain very often. She was just overloaded and crying by the end of most days, and she avoided socks and shoes in general.
Over the years I’ve heard from many Occupational Therapists that it's rarely just one thing that causes overwhelm and dis-regulation, but rather the cumulative affect of many irritants or missed opportunities to reset or regulate the sensory system during the day.
One day I thought to actually try some of our soft, seamless Sensory Socks on Chloe... and they instantly became one of my little secret weapons!
They don’t seem like a big deal, but they make such a HUGE difference to her day. Giving her relief, with one less annoying thing that her brain cannot filter out.
Why are these socks a game changer?
They are made mainly from bamboo (keeping feet cooler in summer and warmer in winter) so stay gorgeously soft and are knit like a cocoon starting from the toe and working up, providing comfort and relief. ❤
They have a seamless feel and no heel… allowing her to put on her socks with confidence (and not outgrow them so quickly!)
For my fellow special needs parents out there... only you will understand how important the little wins are, like your child putting their own socks on... and how many years behind their peers they can be for simple tasks like this!
It turns out that my Chloe isn't great a verbally communicating how things feel or what she needs... it turns out that she can’t stand annoying seams, rough corners or thick and scratchy socks!
If your Little Super Hero is a bit like mine... maybe they have hypersensitivity or sensory processing disorder too... then it might be worth giving Sensory Socks a go!
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by Jenna Schade March 28, 2021
by Jenna Schade January 20, 2021 3 Comments
Tonight was it.
I decided it was the last fight I would have with our ASD, PDA, ADHD, SPD daughter Chloe about the two main topics of brushing teeth and having a bath or shower. She will be 9 in a few months. She is capable of these tasks but finds them much trickier to do, and much more physically uncomfortable than approximately 99% of her peers. Yes she is the 1% that somehow hasn't progressed or improved with her aversion to these tasks in the 8 years we have been going through the same routine and polite requests every single day. Let that sink in for a moment. I'm talking almost 3,000 times where I have said to her "it's time for your bath" and many more thousand times I have said "let's brush your teeth". Yet still, almost every day, our relationship gets to experience a disagreement about these basic tasks.
by Jenna Schade February 08, 2020
In our family, self-regulation has not come naturally. From an early age we noticed that our Chloe needed a lot more help from us to manage her thoughts and feelings… especially at bedtime.
I remember the first time I noticed how other children her age were starting to control their impulses, manage their attention and organise their behaviour whereas she would struggle.
Despite giving Chloe the same co-regulation opportunities as her older sister, despite the responsive and warm interactions we had, despite giving her just the right amount of support, despite my coaching and modelling efforts, she just never seemed ready to self sooth or to truly trust the adults in her life.