Finding How To Teach My Sensory Seeker
All the frustration I’ve had towards Sensory Processing Disorder is starting to fade, day by day. I’m realizing more the good things about Korey being a sensory seeker, it’s not as hard to deal with as those with sensory avoiding children. Through therapy we’re learning more and more about things he likes and how he learns.
Being hands on during activities makes life easier. We are borrowing a weighed blanket from the OT until it no longer works for Korey. His teeth are brushed with a spinning now, no longer do we have to hold him down like a psychiatric patient and worry that our neighbors are going to call the cops because our kid is screaming for 2 minutes solid.
Wouldn’t it be easier for parents if we had a lesser time limit than 2 minutes for teeth? Feel free to invent a product that helps getting teeth brushed without any fight and I will gladly promote you!
Each day is becoming more fun, I can honestly say I’m enjoying my child again. I know it can be hard to hear that but after having a completely normal child for 1 year and then suddenly he starts to loose all speech, communication and reason, I feel like I have something to celebrate over here. Our silly little child is back and it’s becoming easier to calm him down when he starts going b-a-n-a-n-a-s.
Through the weighed blanket we were able to trim down the time it takes us to get him to sleep. Going from a previous 1-3 hours. Yes I did say 3 hours, insane I know. It became so bad that we almost started drawing straws for whoever went in to lay him down. Imagine you’re getting a bit tired and you have to help a kid to bed, but the only way to do that is holding them down with your body weight (a leg over the body and holding the hands) and you have to stay there until they fall asleep.
Tiredness from ourselves would usually make US fall asleep first. We became that kid who fell asleep at the party first, horrified if we woke up to him jumping on us or poking us in the eye. His sensory seeking was so bad his body just couldn’t shut it off. Enter the weighed blanket which takes the weight we used with our legs and divides it over his body. We still have to hold his hands but it has come down to 15-30 minutes now. AMAZING!
I can’t wait for next summer and the fun we’re going to have!