Unfortunately, the ugly truth is that these sensory issues can interfere with Emmett going to school. Things like being unable to wear shoes and socks is the leading cause of this.
When it comes to deciding whether or not to keep pushing him or keep him home, several things come into play.
Sometimes, if we push him just enough, we can work him through the issues with his shoes and socks. These mornings aren’t without massive meltdowns though.
There are other times where we have massive meltdowns to the point he actually dry heaves. He’s so upset that there’s absolutely no humane way to get him wearing his shoes and socks and that means there’s no way for him to go to school. These days tend to be the exception to the rule but they happen more than I’d like.
The bottom line is, he desperately wants to go to school and he gets so frustrated with himself because he can’t put his shoes and socks on like his brothers. We can see this in his eyes and frankly, it’s heartbreaking.
It’s times like this where we know that he’s already spent and there’s no recovering.
We know he’s tried and tried but just can’t get his shoes to feel right. Likewise, we know that spending an hour trying to calm him down and work through this, is more than a valid attempt.
Most importantly, we know that he’s not trying to get out of school. In fact, his desire to be in school is so intense that it’s a large part of why he gets so frustrated.