Special Needs Socks & Footwear Advice
Finding the right footwear or socks can often be difficult. Some people with sensory processing issues can find wearing shoes and socks uncomfortable and hard to tolerate.
Foot pain, resulting from a physical condition or injury can also result in a reluctance to wear shoes or socks. It is always a good idea to consult your Doctor, Occupational Therapist or Health Professional if you think this might be the case. If you are under the supervision of a specialist NHS or Hospital Orthotics Service, please consult them if you have any concerns.
We have some advice on How to Help Children's Sensory Responses to Socks & Shoes with tips to help parent carers if wearing shoes and socks is a stressful experience for them and their child
Special Needs Socks, Shoes & Laces
Many children and adults with autism and/or sensory processing disorders experience hypersensitivity and cannot stand bumps and seams. Fastening shoes can also be a problem as laces can be difficult for those with limited mobility or hand dexterity. We offer quick release and tie Greeper laces, and Coiler elastic laces to make this easier.
Often families will choose to use footwear with a Velcro fastening which makes taking shoes off and putting them on easier. For children of primary school age there are lots of footwear options available with slip on shoes for school, sports and at home. However, as children enter secondary school or college they may need lace fastening shoes and as your child’s feet grow you might find less Velcro fastening options available. Some schools may also specify a smart lace up shoe as part of the uniform.