Lucky Socks

posted by Momo Fali on November 10, 2010

One of my son’s many issues is Sensory Processing Disorder.  It affects him in various ways, not the least of which is that certain smells and textures can make him physically ill.

About a month ago he missed a day of school, not because he had a cold, but because we couldn’t get him dressed.  He wouldn’t even put on pajamas so that I could take him to my mom’s house.  When we tried, he ran to the bathroom with his pants around his ankles and threw up.

On a typical day, it isn’t unusual for him to visit the nurses office because his feet itch.  I can’t get him to wear his coat zipped up.  He is one of two kids in his private school who don’t have to tuck in their shirts.  Seat belts bother him.  He didn’t learn to ride a bike until he was seven because we couldn’t get him to wear a bike helmet.

It is heartbreaking and frustrating at the same time.

Not long ago, I was contacted by a representative from Smart Knit Kids asking if I would like to try a pair of their Seamless Sensitivity Socks for my son.  I was told that these socks are great for kids with sensory issues or autism because they are form-fitting and won’t bunch up.  Also, the design means there are no seams to bother tender feet.

I have to admit that I was skeptical.  I mean, sure my kid takes his shoes and socks off as soon as he walks in the door every afternoon and goes barefoot any time he is able.  Sure, he won’t wear footies or thick socks.  Sure, I had heard that a typical person puts on their socks, then forgets about them, but a person with Sensory Processing Disorder puts on their socks and knows they are there all day long.  They never stop feeling the sensation.  Still…it seemed over the top to me.

Nevertheless, I told the representative we would try them.

I rarely, if ever, post reviews of products on this page.  I would venture to say that 99.9% of you did not come here to read about my son’s socks, but please do me a favor, if you know someone who has a child with sensory issues, tell them about these socks.

They really are seamless, they really don’t fall down and if I didn’t know they were made with polyester and Lycra, I would think they had stitched them out of magic fabric.

My son checks before bed to make sure he has a pair of “lucky socks” to wear to school the next day.  Instead of fighting me, he actually begs to wear them.  You have no idea how much easier my mornings have become.  Did you see what I did there?  I just used “easier” and “mornings” in the same sentence.  If you don’t believe me, look at all of these testimonials from other parents.

I am not the person who created them, nor am I a representative of the stores which sell them.  I am not responsible for marketing them in any way.  I am simply the mother of a child who loves these socks.  And, that?  Makes a big difference in our lives.

    Comments

  • Zoeyjane


    You should check out Maria – Mommy Melee – 's new site. It's all about supplies and clothes for sensitive kiddos.

    (unrelated ps: my captcha? 'darma' WIN.)

  • BloggerFather


    That's great. Congratulations on having one less thing to worry about.

  • Melisa with one S


    When a product makes things easier for a parent AND a kid, I'm all for it! So glad you discovered these!

  • Tara R.


    That sounds like a very cool product. Glad these socks have been so helpful to your son, and you.

  • meleah rebeccah


    Those socks sound fantastic. I want some for myself!

  • UP


    Many of the kids I worked with while teaching had Sensory Integration Dysfunction, which is not called Sensory Processing Disorder. Most people don't get it. I know it can be frustrating, and there's a new surprise everyday. What was tolerable yesterday isn't today. People need to read UP on it and then they can help!

    You're a great mom!

    UP

  • NYCPatty


    Amazing! I love hearing about companies that make fantastic products.

  • Hartley


    Hi,

    Great review! My boys love these socks — thanks for sharing them. : )

    You may be interested in joining the SPD Blogger Network (more info on my site) — check it out and let me know if you are. Love to have you!

    Warmly,
    Hartley Steiner
    Award winning author of
    This is Gabriel Making Sense of School
    http://www.hartleysboys.com
    @ ParentingSPD

  • WeaselMomma


    I'll have to check these out. I am very particular about my socks, as is one of my kids. Thanks!

  • Tom


    Wow. That is amazing and wonderful. What a blessing to have found something that truly improves your life in such a dramatic way. I'm glad life is that much better for him and for you all.

  • Michelle


    I am going RIGHT NOW to buy these socks for my SPD/ASD kiddo. Maybe he will stop getting in trouble for taking his shoes off at school!

  • MidLifeMama


    Holy crap – do they make them for adults too? I HATE SOCKS. Always have. I wouldn't be surprised to find out, if one could go back in time and do some testing on me at that age, that I have/had a sensory disorder. When forced to wear tights as a kid, I would put an extra pair of underpants over them to keep the crotch where it belonged because the sagging crotch between my legs made me itchy and immoblie. It gets better with age in my experience. Or you just get better at controlling your surroundings. Anywho, I am so glad for you and him that these exist. And now I am hungry because my word capcha is PASTA.

  • gigs from home


    new style of socks
    after wearing you seems more beautiful my dear

  • Sadia


    Awesome! Jessica's sensory issues are limited to throwing up at the sight of anything yogurt-textured and wearing her socks inside out and shoes terribly tight around the instep and loose in the toebox.

    However, I wish I'd learned the sicks-inside-out trick a long time ago … or found those socks.

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