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#1 of 13 Old 06-18-2008, 01:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Anyone use a body sox with their kiddo? Owen has been using one at therapy for a little while now and it works WONDERS. I'm amazed at how quickly he can go from being out of control, overstimulated, kicking, hitting, pinching to completely calm after climbing inside it. We are ordering one for home.

My questions is, his therapist and I were brainstorming, trying to come up with ways to calm him when he gets overstimulated in public (happening more and more lately ). She suggested keeping the body sox in my purse and using it in public if he gets overstimulated. I agreed, knowing how much he loves the body sox and how well it works for him. But then DP and I were talking about it and he kinda flipped. He thinks people are going to see it and think we're abusing ds. We never force him in it if he doesn't want to be in it. We never put him in it and walk away. We never force him to stay in it if he wants to get out. It's not abusive at all. But you know how other people can be, looking at the situation without any knowledge of what's going on. I certaintly don't need to deal with the police/CPS if someone sees this and thinks I'm abusing him, kwim? But I need to find some way to help ds. It's not fair to him to refuse to let him use a theraputic tool that we know helps him, just because other people might not like it.

Have you/would you use a body sox in public?

Any other suggestions?

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You know, if my kid needed that kind of assistance in public and someone was curious or concerned, I'd be quite flat out with them - "my son is autistic, he's overstimulated by the XYZ right now and this is one of his favorite ways to calm down. They're really awesome, and lots of fun even for kids without sensory issues. If you're interested, I can give you an internet website link that explains them!".
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You know, if my kid needed that kind of assistance in public and someone was curious or concerned, I'd be quite flat out with them - "my son is autistic, he's overstimulated by the XYZ right now and this is one of his favorite ways to calm down. They're really awesome, and lots of fun even for kids without sensory issues. If you're interested, I can give you an internet website link that explains them!".
Or maybe have cards typed up with that info to hand out so you aren't explaining yourself to people when you are trying to help your son.
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They sell them at Oriental Trading Company as a toy, so I'd imagine many people would think you're just letting your kid play. You could always take him off to a private area (which helps him when he's overstimmed anyhow) to reduce the number of people asking questions.

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I just ordered one from oriental trading too. I'm waiting quite impatiently for it to arrive.


I say if that if it's your get out of meltdown free card then use it!!
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They sell them at Oriental Trading Company as a toy, so I'd imagine many people would think you're just letting your kid play. You could always take him off to a private area (which helps him when he's overstimmed anyhow) to reduce the number of people asking questions.
That's where we're ordering it from. Hopefully it'll work as well as the name brand because darn are those things expensive!

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Or maybe have cards typed up with that info to hand out so you aren't explaining yourself to people when you are trying to help your son.
That is a great idea! I'm definately going to do that.

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I think it sounds like a good idea. I might try it too. What are body sox called at oriental trading company? I'm having trouble finding them.
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To find different sizes go to "teaching supplies", "active play" and then "movement and dance".

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That's where we're ordering it from. Hopefully it'll work as well as the name brand because darn are those things expensive!
Yeah, they work--at least for Brandon. He's had one from there since he was 2. Although, we haven't used it in awhile--it might be way too small for him by now. :

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ooh yay! I've been meaning to order one for ds, but I'd forgotten all about them. I just ordered it and we're both excited. Now, hopefully I can get him to use it.
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Hello, Being the creator of Bodysox it is always good to hear how it continues to have positive impact on calming. Have you trieda weighted vest to see if it has same effect? It may be less intrusive to an unknown viewer's when you are in public. If it is the visual overstimulation then it may not be effective but if he craves the tactile, sensory input then it may work. We also have a variation of the Bodysox that wraps around the shoulders and feet that may not appears as "restrictive" to the untrained eye if it is the tactile input that is helpful to your son. "Stretch-eze" ..just another option.

Good luck..thank you for finding BodySox.
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