Sensory Processing: Basketball Shorts and Snow Days

Eby shorts

Ebenezer has always hated wearing long pants, even when the weather is below zero. It was fine when I homeschooled, but now that he is in school, showing up in shorts is a problem. Not only is it against school policy, since they are supposed to be appropriately dressed for the weather, but let’s be honest, I feel (a little) like a bad mom.

Many kids with Sensory challenges struggle with the way their clothes feel. These kids often can’t bear to wear socks, underwear, clothing with tags, and even shoes.

I mentioned this challenge to Eby’s teacher, so she wouldn’t be surprised when he showed up in shorts on snowy days. She suggested we try compression leggings like basketball players (and other athletes) wear under their shorts.

Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that (6 or 7 years ag0)? Seriously, this small thing would have made Eby’s life (and mine) easier.

Ebenezer is happy, and for the first time he is warm even on very cold days. To top it all off, he’s even wearing socks this year, which has been a big, smelly challenge.

Maybe you already figured out a solution to the no-long-pants challenge, but if you haven’t, give this a try with your sensory-challenged kids and let me know how it goes.

It’s amazing when a solution is this simple.

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

10 Comments

  1. Amy Louise
    December 8, 2015

    I have Sensory twins. We used those pants that zipped off into shorts. Wear as pants outside. Zip off as shorts inside. For socks we had to get seamless socks. We bought them in the girls department at Kohl's. They have finally outgrown that need and can wear any kind of socks.

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  2. Donna
    December 8, 2015

    It is not as cold here as it is there, but Caleb has been doing this for years. He very rarely wears pants. Tell Eby Caleb says only the fast guys get to wear them like this!

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  3. Kemery
    December 8, 2015

    Reilly wears athletic shorts every day he can. As the weather gets colder we are transitioning to athletic pants, but I also feel a little sheepish sending him in that stuff every day. I've just started picking one or two pair of pants, shirts or shorts up at Target every week. I'll look for the compression leggings next trip – great idea! Here's to our SPD athletes! : ) Loves.

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  4. Alyssa
    December 8, 2015

    We just did the same thing! My son is 11 and loves shorts. We live in Oregon and homeschool but sometimes it;s cold. I took him to shop to see if he could find some long athletic pants that he liked and we happened to see the leggings. i got him one pair and he's ended up loving them. We need to get more. Glad you found a good solution.

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  5. Julie
    December 8, 2015

    Brilliant! My little one wore flip flops every day of kindergarten! I understand the "bad parent" feeling! Then she discovered boots and everything was all right! She does wear leggings 98% of the time.

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  6. Theresa
    December 8, 2015

    Lisa – this makes me giggle! My now 19 year old would hike monthly even in the winter with a group from church. The 'uniform' was man-tights (a.k.a. Under Armour cold weather compression pants) and gym shorts with wool socks and hiking boots topped off with long sleeve UA shirt, a vest, wind proof fleece jacket, hat and gloves. All that mattered was they were all warm and could add or subtract layers depending on the conditions.

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  7. Juli
    December 8, 2015

    We just bought some on amazon for only $12! A great solution for not too much money!

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  8. Stephanie
    December 8, 2015

    Sometimes I worry about looking like the bad mom too. Our little guy has been wearing his "super suit" for several months and it has made a world of difference. The only problem is it's all he wants to wear is his "super suit" and nothing on top of it so he always looks like a superhero. It works fantasticaly at giving him the input he desperately craves. Similar to the under armor, just a bit more compression. http://www.spioworks.com

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  9. Anita
    December 10, 2015

    Our son hates anything that feels "rough". He can't sleep if the sheets are not flannel, he won't wear clothes unless the tags are off, and he hated wearing blue jeans. Well, thankfully, I love shopping at L.L. Bean and they have fleece lined blue jeans. He now as two pairs and wears them along with his "soft" pants (sweat pants). So happy to finally find something that works for him!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 11, 2015

      I'm glad you found a solution for your son; fleece lined jeans sound nice and soft.

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