I would venture to guess that the majority of your children have some level of sensory issues. It seems that many kids with ADHD also have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)/Sensory Integration Disorder (SID). Sensory processing issues present in two forms: sensory avoiders and sensory seekers.
Interestingly enough, Luke has some of both — he is mostly a sensory seeker though. He loves to bounce and crash and often can’t stop himself. He also prefers crunchy foods. And, give him a lollipop and it won’t be three licks before he bites right in and chews it completely. He is also very sensitive in some areas though, especially when it comes to sound. We ended up purchasing some noise canceling headphones last year when Luke couldn’t tolerate movie theaters or fireworks.
He seems pretty sensitive to clothing often too. He refuses to wear blue jeans. I thought this was because the snap and zipper were really hard for him, but I think it has a lot to do with the stiffness of the jean fabric. It’s pretty much elastic waist pants only. And sometimes, when putting on shoes and socks, he’ll fling his shoe across the room and start to cry that it’s “uncomfortable.” I try to adjust his socks, loosen his shoes, and encourage him to try again. Once he records that uncomfortable feeling in his mind though, there’s little hope of going back. We end up in a battle to get shoes on and get out the door.
That’s why I was so happy when Smart Knit Kids asked if they could send us some seamless socks (and undies) to try. Maybe seamless socks was just what we needed to stop the intermittent “my shoes are uncomfortable” battles.
When I first opened the socks, I was a little nervous about them, they looked like socks for little kids and Luke can be very sensitive to differences between he and his peers.
“Look Luke! Look what someone sent you to try out! Socks without seams. They will be more comfortable in your shoes.”
He was excited someone had sent something just for him and put them right on. Phew!
He loves them. He chooses them first from his sock drawer whenever they’re clean. Anytime he wears the seamless socks, there are no “uncomfortable shoes” battles. Now, he still pulls them off the second he comes in the house, but I don’t have a problem with that.
The undies are good too. They are great for giving a sensory squeeze too as they are very form fitting. I would caution you, if you are going to order the undies, order at least one size larger than your child wears, they are fairly tight and that was an issue for Luke.
If your kiddo seems bothered by their clothes, give Smart Knit Kids‘ products a try. You’ll be glad you did.