Addressing Shoe Challenges for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

In today’s Teacher Tips newsletter, Watson shares strategies for dealing with common sensory challenges in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: wearing shoes on the bus.

  1. Consider purchasing a pair of comfortable slippers your child can wear on the bus. You could encourage your child to help pick out the pair of slippers so they have a picture of a favorite animal or character. Slipper socks are another alternative to shoes for the bus ride.
  2. Use a schedule with words or pictures that explains what will happen on the bus ride and provides visual cues that can help your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder understand when he/she can have his/her shoes off and when to put them back on. Be specific and be sure to include a favorite activity as a motivator.
  3. An alternative to consider is purchasing shoes that may be difficult for your child to remove by his/herself such as high top boots or sneakers. Be sure to still provide your child with a schedule that includes a favorite activity for the bus ride.

To learn more about strategies to help your child keep their shoes on during their bus ride to school, check out our YouTube video below and visit the corresponding special education resource page. For more special education resources, visit Watson Life Resources.