As colors change and the air acquired that tiny nip in the early mornings, many families turn attention to winter clothes shopping.
Often, parents who do not understand the severity and reality of sensory issues with which they cannot identify choose clothing for their children which do not answer the child’s needs. No matter how stylish or well-priced clothing may be, if your child is uncomfortable, she will be entirely unable to sit or pay attention.
Winter clothing, especially, is sometimes made using itchy fabrics. One also sees many items with tight cuffs and necklines.
Uncomfortable children are uncooperative children. A child who cannot sit in the classroom will not only not pay attention and not absorb the material being presented, but will also create a distraction that is unwanted by both teachers and fellow students.
When shopping for winter clothing for a child with sensory issues, skip the online options unless you really know what you’re buying and/or the store has a very good return policy.
Since many children with sensory issues have other issues to go along with that, plan your shopping trip accordingly. Aim for shops with a decent selection of items fitting your needs, taste and budget. Avoid the possibility of dragging your shopping trip out to the point where everyone has lost patience. That situation leads to hasty and perhaps unwise decisions that you may regret later.
- Know ahead of time that your shopping trip is going to take longer than you might have liked it to take.
- Plan breaks for snacks and running around.
- Have your child try on every item to make sure he or she is happy with it.
Part of your preparation for school clothes shopping should also be reading this (linked article from the back-to-school series) article.