July 17, 2013
It’s Wednesday morning and you’re trying to get everyone up, fed and out the door. If you have a child with sensory disorders, this routine usually involves handling a clothing-related meltdown when trying to get your little one dressed for the day.
While there are some frustrations related to sensory sensitivity, there is hope! The following tips are a good starting point to help parents stay on schedule and make the start of everyone’s day pleasant and stress-free.
- Cut tags out of clothing. Even for people who do not have sensory disorders, an itchy tag can be an irritant. If you need to keep track of how to launder particular items, keep a notebook. Also, look for tagless clothing when shopping – many manufacturers have eliminated tags altogether.
- Launder new clothes repeatedly in scent-free, dye-free detergent. Scents and dyes can further irritate a sensory-sensitive child, but the softening of fabrics by repeated washing can be a relief—and the extra effort can make a child who is struggling to overcome sensory sensitivity feel loved and understood.
- Avoid heavy lace, embroidery or appliqués. Anything that affects the movement of the fabric can call your child’s attention to her clothing and induce irritation.
- Experiment. Some children with sensory disorders prefer loose clothing. Others are averse to the “tickling” of loose-fitting clothing sliding over the skin and do better with form-fitting outfits. Some parents have found that spandex is a good alternative. It’s generally a good idea to avoid any fabric that can itch or hold in heat, like wool or some synthetics.
Need additional support for your child with sensory sensitivities? Our therapists can help! Contact your local Epic office for more information.