A Family’s Body Sox Experience

A Family’s Body Sox Experience

It’s big. It’s green. It’s shiny. It crawls, jumps, rolls and otherwise makes its way down my hallway regularly. What is it?

One or two of my children getting some great proprioceptive, deep pressure and tactile experiences in our [easyazon-link asin=”B000ITCZ1A” locale=”us”]Body Sox[/easyazon-link], which was provided to us for review. What a great OT tool it is! Far better than I could have imagined.

Our Initial Experience
When the [easyazon-link asin=”B000ITCZ1A” locale=”us”]Body Sox[/easyazon-link] first arrived, our boy with sensory issues was a little hesitant about getting into it. He was afraid it would be dark inside or suffocate him. But, after Mommy got silly inside the sock – and showed him how the handy Velcro closure on it allows for easy access to light and “escape”, he acquiesced.

Gingerly, my son put one foot in one corner of the [easyazon-link asin=”B000ITCZ1A” locale=”us”]Body Sox[/easyazon-link], and another in the other. Then, his entire body got swallowed up in the satiny, stretchy green sock. From there, after testing that he could, indeed, see if he wanted to… Or, even pop out his whole head, out of feeling claustrophobic… He quickly decided the sock was not a thing to be feared, but a thing to have fun with. Faster than you could say, “big, funny green monster” three times, that is exactly what he became, chasing his little sister down the hall.

Before long, our daughter, who is not SPD but who is a true sensory seeker, wanted to be the monster herself.  She tried to wait patiently for a turn inside the sock, but the longer our son spent in it, the more he liked it and the less willing he was to get out. So, on went the “sharing timer” and, upon its buzzing, into the sock went our daughter, just in time to head off a tantrum.

And, let me tell you, there is nothing like a fun game of [easyazon-link asin=”B000ITCZ1A” locale=”us”]Body Sox[/easyazon-link] Peek-a-Boo to change the atmosphere!  Before long, both children were busy giggling as our daughter jumped from low levels to high levels, with her head popping from inside to outside the sock.

Take Two
When Daddy got home that evening, the kids were eager to show him their [easyazon-link asin=”B000ITCZ1A” locale=”us”]Body Sox[/easyazon-link]. Daddy was a bit non-plussed by it at first glance, giving me one of those, “now-what-have-you-got-them-into” looks.

But, after a quick conversation with me that went something along the lines of the following, he understood:

Besides being fun, what is this thing for?
Oh, it provides proprioceptive, tactile and deep pressure input…
That a blanket or sleeping bag can’t?
Yep, the lycra material really makes a difference. Why don’t you try it?

And, try Daddy did, (which made the kids far too excited for me to snap a picture of. I had to keep both hands free for safety!)

Sure enough, trying the [easyazon-link asin=”B000ITCZ1A” locale=”us”]Body Sox[/easyazon-link] not only gave Daddy first-hand experience about just how the sock could offer a big hug, some tactile sensations and a good dose of silliness, but it also made us all realize just how well-made the [easyazon-link asin=”B000ITCZ1A” locale=”us”]Body Sox[/easyazon-link] are. No seam splitting. Lots of stretch! In fact, enough stretch, that we weren’t afraid it would bust at the seams when the kids asked if that could get into it together.  Why not?

So, they doubled their fun.

Some Ways to Use the Body Sox
Since that night, the [easyazon-link asin=”B000ITCZ1A” locale=”us”]Body Sox[/easyazon-link] has been a regular tool  for our son’s sensory diet and our daughter’s sensory-seeking play. Even baby brother has gotten into the action.

We’ve found many ways to take sensory breaks with it.  Some are:

  • The Shape and Size Game. With one or two children inside, I’ve challenged the kids to make a large shape, a tiny one, a tall one, a short one, a square one, a triangular one, etc. It’s a great way to review preschool concepts while getting sensory input.
  • Ball Kick. The kids made this one up themselves. The big, green monster kicks a soft ball down the hall, working motor planning, among other things.
  • Move Like A… We challenge the kids to move, inside the sock, down the hall in different ways: stomping like a big elephant, slithering like a snake, etc.  Lots of movement and input this way!
  • Out of the Cocoon. The kids, individually, or together, stretch themselves out of their sock cocoon, getting lots of tactile input as they do.
  • Santa’s Sack. A little out-of-season, perhaps, but the kids like to fill the sock with stuffed toys, pillows and even books before pulling it around.  Talk about heavy work.
  • The Zoo in a Sock. Likewise, the kids like to fill the sock up with soft things and then get in with it – a sort of tactile moving zoo.

Truly, the kids and I find new ways to play with our [easyazon-link asin=”B000ITCZ1A” locale=”us”]Body Sox[/easyazon-link] all the time. I am amazed at how the simple design begets so much creativity and am pleased with how the well-made construction holds up to lots of kid-directed use. Moreover, I can definitely see why [easyazon-link asin=”B000ITCZ1A” locale=”us”]Body Sox[/easyazon-link] should be a part of any home or school OT kit.

Why Get One
[easyazon-link asin=”B000ITCZ1A” locale=”us”]Body Sox[/easyazon-link] are made of a comfortable, resistive material that pushes against a child as a child pushes against it. Thus, it provides good input for tactile defensive children. And, because it is so fun to use, sensory-seeking movers, shakers, crashers and proverbial “energizer bunnies” will love it!

[easyazon-link asin=”B000ITCZ1A” locale=”us”]Body Sox[/easyazon-link] provides great heavy work and deep pressure input which can be both calming and organizing.  It can also work as a “hiding place” when sensory overload strikes. More than once, I have encouraged my son to crawl inside ours for a calming sensory escape.

Versatile, simple, and easy to use, with huge amounts of therapeutic value and fun literally wrapped inside, [easyazon-link asin=”B000ITCZ1A” locale=”us”]Body Sox[/easyazon-link] are something I highly recommend for any child, SPD or not!

Martianne is a homeschooling mom with over 20 years of experience in education, youth work and dramatic arts both in the United States and abroad. With certifications as a Middle School Generalist and English 8-12 teacher, plus a drawer full of certificates from a wide variety of professional development workshops and graduate courses, she brings a comprehensive "traditional" background to her present-day creative pursuits. Visit Martianne at Training Happy Hearts.