Transitioning to Pants in the Fall/Winter
by Julie Misiano
(Upstate New York)
Hi, my 5 year old son with SPD, is really struggling to wear pants this year. He finally agreed to wear a jacket yesterday (it's 50 degrees), but still wears shorts. He gets teary when thinking about wearing pants. I believe he is not being "bratty" and that the change in routine and/or tactile defensiveness is bothering him, but I don't know what to do.
Last year he pushed his long sleeve shirts up past his elbow all winter, so I figured he might be in short sleeves this year.... but not to wear pants??
He already gets brushed once in the morning, after completing the two week protocol for Wilbarger about six weeks ago. Any other suggestions?? He won't wear sweatpants (too soft), only "rough" shorts like canvas or denim, and the pants I have are identical in all ways accept length.