Sock Wars: Best. Game. Ever.

My 11 year old adopted son, E, has sensory processing disorder.  He has trouble making sense of the thousands of sensory messages that are delivered to his brain every day of his life.   One of his biggest deficits is with the proprioceptive sense;  this refers to movement and body position.  He is constantly crashing into things, wants to be “crushed” and cannot gauge how hard to throw objects nor how hard to press on his pencil.   He breaks things, both intentionally and unintentionally. 

Over the course of the past 12 months, he has broken quite a long list of objects including 2 lamps, a table, a lightbulb, a kettle and several picture frames.  He has kicked 2 holes in the wall but the most spectacular scene of destruction was the double pane of glass next to our front door.  He was angry at me and he put his leg through both panes of glass.  It was miraculous that he didn’t injure himself more severely than a small scratch on his lower leg.  The drama that went on with that “injury” was unbelievable.  He wanted me to take him to the ER.  He moaned and groaned for weeks, using crutches because he was in so much pain.   It happened last year on that day that the temperature hit 29 degrees below zero.   My husband did a great job of covering the hole with plastic, inside and out.  We still haven’t figured out what to use to replace the glass, so the plastic remains.  Very attractive!!

A couple of years ago, I invented a game called Sock Wars;  it’s like Dodgeball with rolled up socks.   We hurl socks at one another and I’ve got to tell you that it is amazing and surprising how much it can hurt when you get hit in the face with a pair of socks thrown by a maniac 11 year old boy.   It satisfies both his need to hurl an object at a great velocity and to get hit by something that won’t do any serious damage to him.   I can’t tell you how satisfying it is for me to hit him with socks.  After all the stuff he’s broken, I would like to do more than just throw socks at him, but that would be wrong and I wouldn’t be modeling good behavior, now would I?   It costs nothing to play, no batteries required and it’s a really good workout.  I typically work up a sweat after 10 minutes of Sock Wars.  So, grab some socks and think of me as you are hurling them at your child!

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