How to Buy a Winter Coat for Sensory Integration Disorder

How to buy a winter coat for sensory integration disorder could turn into a disaster but it doesn’t have to! My girl and I both have sensory integration disorder and I have been successfully buying coats for both of us for years. I will attempt to highlight some guidelines for you to try. I am not a professional dr or occupational therapist, this can not replace what they prescribe. However, I learned on my own through trial and error.

“I started taking my DD with me to feel, try on and pick out her own clothes and coats a couple years ago. We go alone, just me and her. I always make sure we have hours to spare. She touches and eventually tries on a few chosen ones and then usually settles with the one she feels best in. I, also, have sensory processing problems at 39 years old, so I know what she is going through. It is helpful to buy something soft and a size bigger than I need; it seems to not constrain my arms as much. Also, I try to steer away from collars for myself because it bunches at the back of my neck. It is really hard to drive when I have these things interfering and can ruin my day. It’s hard to refocus after a sensory attack by clothing. It’s best if his energies are spent on school work and just being in school than wasted on a coat. I’m slowly learning to pick our battles. There are so many choices for winter wear that it is not one I choose to fight. Often I can find a way around most of my sensory issues and my DD’s if I try. Be creative! Always remain calm(difficult I know).”

This was a comment I left on a post from a blog I follow. So, to recap the points I made to this other mother and add a few extras to make the entire event a successful non-event.

* Take child with you and NO ONE else.

* Give yourself plenty of time.

* Let child touch, feel and try on as many as they need to but only try on once.

* Leave if they can’t handle it that day. There’s always other days to try. No pressure. Do not act disappointed. Encouragement and patience are key here.

* Take potty breaks.

* Reward with a meal out even if they don’t stay calm the whole time.

There are so many different types of material out there, styles and ways to dress and layer or not that with diligence and a lot of patience a purchase everyone is happy with can be made. Most sensory children and adults prefer soft, fuzzy, shiny, warm and no layers. No two people, sensory disorder or not, is a like. I am still not a professional seasoned writer and there are still mistakes in my work. Hope this article helps you and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to click on the ‘leave a reply link’. I would love to hear from you!


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