My blind grandson hates wearing socks - what can we do?

My 4 yr old grand son is completely blind. He does not like to wear socks. Weather permitting, should we continue to force him to wear socks?

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Posted by Amber Bobnar on Sep 05, 2013 - 11:56am

This is such a good question and I know so many other families have had this battle too. My son refused to wear shoes but would wear his socks no problem. We had to work on getting him to be OK with shoes for years. I was able to find a product that is somewhere between a sock and a shoe and that worked for us because it was a nice in between step: http://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/nowa-li-moccasin-socks-kids

So, what's the in between step between socks and no socks? Leggings? Tights? Maybe there is something else besides socks you could try that he would tolerate better and get him used to having something on his feet.

Also, this is essentially a sensory issue and that is just so common in kids who are blind. He doesn't like the feel of socks - so maybe you can also work on increasing his ability to handle strange textures. We played with a "sticky box" when Ivan was little so that he would be able to learn how to touch different textures. Maybe try this with his hands and his feet too?

http://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/make-your-own-sticky-box

Posted by Mary on Sep 10, 2013 - 12:25pm

I believe your grandson has the right idea--- no socks if at all possible! Consider the amount of information he is gaining about the world through his tiny, sensitive feet. It will not be appropriate for him to be sock free forever but while it is and he's safe please let him explore the world the way he can do it best. (And it's a great way to let his feet grow naturally!).
Also, force is perhaps not the best way for kids to learn anything?