Desensitization and helping our son with #Autism wear shoes and socks (video) 

Sensory processing disorder has creeped its way into almost every aspect of our lives. Elliott, Emmett and Lizze all struggle with sensory related challenges. Gavin’s doing much better as he gets older.  

One of the most impactful issues revolves around Emmett and wearing clothes, in particular shoes and socks.  

We’ve been trying a great many things for many years and have received mixed results at best. 

I wanted to share a quick video of a new approach I’ve taken to help Emmett become more comfortable in his shoes and socks. The key here is for him not to realize what we’re doing and disguise my efforts in something fun. 

He loves walking on the treadmill but can’t unless he’s wearing shoes and socks. It’s a safety thing and if he wants to walk on it, he needs to wear shoes and socks.  

My goal is to get him wearing them as often as possible and not just when he needs to go to school.  

By walking in the treadmill with his shoes and socks in, he’s learning to tolerate the way they feel either realizing he’s doing it. He doesn’t like trying to get used to things like this and to succeed, I have to find things that force him to wear shoes and socks without him feeling like we’re working on this issue. 

Does that make sense? Check out how awesome he did….  ☺