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Picky Dressers vs. Tactile Disorder

March 20, 2011 in Parenting

source, mochadad.com

The¬†epidemic of picky dressers is driving some parents crazy and causing struggles each morning with the simple task of getting dressed.¬† If you are among this group, you maybe¬†fear that your children are abnormal and don’t share this tidbit of information with others.¬† The truth is that many parents deal with this issue¬†when it comes to dressing their children.¬† My personal experiences as a mother¬†started when my children were babies.¬† Socks wouldn’t stay on for very long.¬† It would be -17 outside and the mittens would quickly come off.¬† I would feel the other parents eyes on my baby’s naked hands¬†and hold the mittens while pushing the stroller, so that anyone looking could see that I wasn’t being neglectful, she had mitts if she wanted them.

Once they were able to dress themselves¬†the problem became worse.¬† I would take them shopping for nice clothes that we could both agree upon.¬† After these garments were laundered and in the drawer folded with care, the kids would find most of it uncomfortable and refuse to wear them.¬†¬†This was irritating, not only did I feel that we had wasted the money spent but they would pick the same clothes almost every day.¬†Pants would often get¬†holes that I had to sew repeatedly until they looked so tattered that a goodwill store probably wouldn’t accept them.¬† The shirts become too small or stained but the kids insist that they can’t part with them just yet.¬† We settle this by putting them in the pajama draw.¬† I couldn’t help but to feel self conscious when I wondered if their teachers’ thought that those were the only clothes that they owned.¬† At one parent/teacher conference I even broached the subject, telling the teacher that she just has her favorite outfits.¬†

Those were¬†defining memories¬†of my early parenthood regarding this issue.¬† I’ve smartened up now¬†and¬†will buy 3 or 4 of the same item, just in different colours.¬† My skin’s thicker too.¬† What does it matter what others think of me as a parent?¬† If the teacher thinks that I’m truly horrible maybe my daughter will be the object of extra special attention.¬†

I’ve heard stories about children who suffered more than mine.¬† Some take their clothes off as soon as they walk in the house.¬† Others, for one reason or another, have an aversion to underwear.¬† I’ve tried to find more information on this phenomena to no avail with the exception of tactile or sensory tactile disorder.¬† It’s signs and symptoms are to the extreme, although I’m sure the degree to how your child is¬†affected varies.¬† I don’t enjoy labelling small children but if you are a parent who can relate to this topic and are curious¬†here are the signs/symptoms.

Some signs and symptoms that  your child might have a sensory tactile disorder.

  • Textured materials/items¬†make them want to crawl out of their skin.
  • They avoid being touched by others.
  • They wear their socks inside out because the seam irritates them.
  • Any tags on shirts must be cut out.
  • Shoes feel awkward.
  • They have an urgency to wash any part of their body that’s dirty.
  • To end this post on a positive note, my oldest daughter seems to be growing out of it!¬† There is hope!

    Also, while searching for an appropriate image I came across a great invention, adjustable baby socks that can’t be pulled off!!!!¬† You can find them herehttp://poshpointofview.blogspot.com/.

    Source *http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/tactile-defensiveness.html

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