My two most sensory-spazzy kids, Little Dude and the Pork Lo Maniac, love these socks or I totally wouldn't be doing this. First of all, they are seamless. Secondly, they are designed to be easier for kids with fine motor skill delays to pull on (there is no heel). Thirdly, they are very
The more I learn about Little Dude, the more I see weirdness in the rest of our family. Specifically, every one of us has some form of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). SPD is basically a malfunction of how your body interprets sensory input -- whether that input is visual, auditory, tactile, or whatever.
Our pediatric neurologist, Dr. Orville Redenbacher, believes that Sensory Processing Disorder is just a form of Obsessive Compuslsive Disorder (OCD). But the general consensus among my SPD mommy pals is that Dr. Redenbacher is out of his corn-poppin' mind. Either way, there's some definite weirdness going on in this house.
The Peanut Butter Kid has some of the same auditory issues. My husband took the girls to the Independence Day fireworks in town this year, and she lost. her. mind. She was so traumatized she literally peed herself. The best part of that story is that I did the same thing exactly 31 years ago at a Fourth of July Mets game at Shea Stadium. I vividly remember trying to hide under the grungy stadium seats, screaming less like a little girl than like Janet Leigh in Psycho.
I believe I must have looked and sounded pretty much like this:
I still have auditory defensiveness. Having more than one electronic noise in the room at once is a killer for me. If Dora's on and someone's playing Guitar Rock on the DS, I start twitching. Something's gotta give. When Little Dude freaked out at the Children's Museum of Houston, I knew just how he felt. It's the way I feel I feel in a casino. Lights! Noises! Someone is trying to kill me! Must. get. out. The only thing that makes noises and lights worse for me is drunk people. Basically Mardi Gras would be the Tenth Circle of Hell for me.
Little Dude and the Pork Lo Maniac have the most tactile issues, still. Shirts with collars are like some kind of medieval torture instrument for the PLM. Tags in shirts are excruciating to Little Dude. And socks.
Oh, the socks.
Socks are an issue for both of them. One problem is that they both have a fine motor skill delay, so they're hard to put on. The PLM is nine and she still struggles with it. She'll complain that her socks are lumpy in her shoes, and I realize they're on heel-side-up. Little Dude -- forget it, he just can't put on socks for himself. Or really anything except maybe a Darth Vader helmet, if he's really motivated. The other problem is that most socks are distractingly annoying for both of them. This is a major issue for Little Dude, because he has to wear socks and sneakers every day. We tried sandals but sometimes grass touched his feet. Gaaahh!
Sensory Processing Disorder seems to be pretty common in kids on the autistic spectrum, but not everyone with SPD is on the spectrum. For us, it's just another of those "Little Specks of Autism" we keep noticing in us, and around us. Sometimes we work on these issues, and sometimes we work around them.