Well Being

Clothes for Therapy?

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Clothes maketh a difference?—– A mother notes that specially designed garments called Theratogs have (according to a December 7th ABC7News.com report) helped her 2 1/2 year old autistic daughter, Emily, to concentrate and focus better. Beverly Cusick, a physical therapist, invented TheraTogs, which were originally designed for children with “complex neuromotor disorders.” The clothes are made of a “patented, hand-washable composite fabric consisting of nylon and spandex with a foam backing”; this particular set is for children with sensory integration/sensory processing disorder, as well as autism.

According to Cusick, 

“[Theratogs] act like little muscle supports and little postural assists. The child gets to live in the changes I know I can get in therapy, but that I have never been able to make stick. You really need practice………”

“If you turn your shoulder this way and you want to raise your arm, you'll raise your arm, you'll just use all the wrong muscles. So kids with movement disorders do that, purpose prevails over the way they use their bodies. They'll recruit whatever they got to get to where they're going. So with TheraTogs, we can say, ‘okay go, but do it with a better body.'”

I'm not so sure my son would keep something like Theratogs on. He is not overly picky, or concerned, about his clothes—-unlike a friend's son who refuses to wear anything with buttons—though I tend to avoid any clothes that might cause an itch, like a wool sweater. Charlie's clothing preferences are more about colors (which is how he ended up going out the door with the same black Puma t-shirt and jeans that he wore yesterday—-he took them out of the dryer).

All I can say is, thank goodness for polarfleece and things that are machine washable.