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My son (4.5) just got evaluated by a OT for sensory issues, and she said he definitely fits the profile for therapy. He will start very soon.<br><br>
I was hoping I could hear from other that have clothing issues.<br>
My son drives me nuts..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> He wears the same thing everyday.<br>
Jeans ("purple pants" he calls them) and cotton pajamas tops.<br>
And they have to fit over his hands or they are a no go.<br>
He wont wear other types of pants, button shirts, zippers, coats or jackets.<br>
I have all these cute outfits that just sit there.<br><br>
I just wish someone could tell me that there kids do this too.<br>
Also, does it get better with therpay. It just seems like I have to make sure he has stuff that he will wear and if its not clean.. we are in trouble. So, it becomes a problem in that way as well.
 

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Yes it gets better with therapy! This is the one area where we've seen HUGE progress with ds. When we started OT, he would wear: sweatpants + t-shirt covered by flannel shirt. It was a real struggle to get him to take off the flannel shirt, no matter how hot it was, and shorts were simply unheard of.<br><br>
We've been doing the brushing protocol (I'm sure your OT will start you on this) for a year now, and ds now switches seamlessly between short and long sleeve shirts. We had a hot spell about 2 weeks ago ,and ds complained he was hot. I said "do you want to put shorts on?" Ds said "yes" and went upstairs to put shorts on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jaw2"> A year ago this question would have elicited a firm NO and a meltdown over how hot he was!<br><br>
Is he ever going to wear a lot of the 'cute' outfits? No. It's got to be mostly cotton, and he's still not fond of jeans (mostly because his fine motor skills suck and he can't get them buttoned/unbuttoned, and because he's a skinny thing and they don't fit as closely around the waist). But he's much more flexible than he used to be.<br><br>
Remember too that even kids without SPD have clothing jags and 'issues'. My dd (who's sensitive, but not SPD as far as I can tell) refuses to wear jumpers. It's so sad because my sister sends these LOVELY cute outfits that dd refuses to wear. She also needs all cotton clothing because she has eczema. And she went for 4 months where the only church dress she would wear was the black velveteen one with sparkles (a handme down from our neighbors). I actually actively looked on Ebay for other sparkle dresses to get her out of the black one. (She's very fair skinned and black made her look positively ill!)
 

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Thanks for the reply.<br>
Its nice to know that it may improve.<br>
He has the same issues, he will not wear short sleeve shirts or shorts even when its over 90 deg. This has been going on since he was 2.5-3ish, so it has been one heck of a "jag"!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I know other kids will like to wear certain things, but its not as intense of a need. Well from all the daycare kids/nieces and nephews I have had I have never seen anything like it at least.
 

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Anyone else have any input?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My son has this issue as well. He freaks out at any clothing that feels "wet" even though it's dry. Poly-cottons have a 'wet' feel sometimes. I find that pure good cotton clothes are generally comfortable for him. Hanna Andersson clothing has a lot of these soft 'warm' cottons.
 

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Though I don't personally have much experience with it, I have a friend who's son (4 1/4 yrs old) has, I believe, finally been diagnosed w/ aspergers & SID has major clothing issues. Unless they are going out in public he is naked. When he MUST wear clothes he will only wear cotton knit pull on pants & they can't have elastic in the ankles. Also only plain cotton short sleeve t shirts w/o a tag, which generally he will pull his arms inside of the shirt rather than putting them in the sleeves. No undies & for shoes it is crocs or rain boots only, no socks.<br><br>
It seems as though it wasn't as bad when I 1st met them 2 1/2 yrs ago, but I could be wrong. He has just recently started therapy so I am not sure if it is helping or not yet.
 

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My son has high functioning autism, clothing and shoes are our major issues. The worst part is it's ever changing. What is fine one day is not good a week later and then 2 days later that is all he will wear. He drives me crazy constantly!
 

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Thanks mamas.<br>
My son also has shoe problems as well. He is wearing a 1/2 size too small of shoe and will not wear new shoes as he wants his old shoes. He seems to like that they are too small, also the same thing with shirts he like them to fit tight (hence the pajama tops with the elastic around the cuff and able to pull it over his hands). He was obsessed with hooded sweatshirts last year, now he wont wear them at all.
 

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We went through the clothing issues for years. My son has PDD-NOS and is nine years old - last summer was the first year he would wear shorts, and I can't even begin to tell you how much I cried when he decided to wear them. I was wondering how he would feel about it this year - but it was 80 degrees here yesterday and when I mentioned shorts to him he said "Yes!" and ran upstairs and put them on. There is hope!
 

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I was like that as a child, I wore the same thing every day for more than a year, for as long as I can remember... now I have about five shirts/ five pants that I can wear but if I hit a favorite I often can't change my clothes for a long time, or I'll change just to wash them and put them back on. Can you buy him lots of "copies" of the same clothes? That's what I sometimes do for myself.
 

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My 3 year old just wore thick wool socks and denim overalls to preschool this afternoon. It's 80 degrees outside. And he's not nearly as bad as my other 2. *laughs hysterically*
 
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