November! Wow… what a month!
Now looking back and linking the behaviors to their source, I have realized auditory is our prevalent stressor.
I feel so overwhelmed for my little guy. The turning on of furnaces, blower fans on the furnaces, air purifiers, humidifier, various humming and vibrations of lights and appliances and more when we go places and then there’s transitioning to add to it all.
He’s a little computer geek so he has to tolerated the humming of the computer as he does his thing. Oh ya, don’t forget about the site jumping volume variables like that of channel surfing. This he can control, he simple turns the volume off. Not sure how he knows what he’s doing, but he does.
And there’s no escape to the outdoors because the temperatures are to chilling and he doesn’t realize when enough is enough. That to much winter on ones body can be harmful. And to note that the great indoor population is creator due to temperatures, causing social anxieties as well. Winter just doesn’t allow him places to run and hide, coop.
Like certain voice tones/pitches weren’t enough. Image trying to incorporate your child into school when his teachers voice is the equivalent to that of running your nails down the chalk board (this was my first clue to uncovering the world of audio sensory disorder).
Then you have the snow that people track in from outdoors. Can you say “OCD” much and if he dares to be in his stocking feet and step in some of the melting snow. Trust me you can’t get to the fresh pair of socks fast enough.
As hard as it is when I realize there’s a new and sometimes an old noise to face, I remember the sweeper success and talk him through identifying what and why the noise and help him with options to avoid if possible and if none of this works, I help him hum his way through it.
I always thought white noises where to be considered soothing. Who knew the little sound machines you buy and the fan at night caused great discomfort to some.
And I wondered why November seemed so difficult for him. Why, just like overnight, behaviors increased to a very overwhelming amount. No one shared with us about “sensory process disorder” in the mentioning of Aspergers/Autism suspicion/diagnose. I bag of you doctors and schools give us a clue upfront about these things so our kids don’t have to suffer as much and long as they do. Let us help our kids with out having to become scholars and researchers.
The only positive to winter for him is the joy of the rush of extreme temperatures. It saves on the electric bill because he doesn’t have to stand in the frig or freezer multi times a day to gain that rush.
Spring…..where are you? The hope for an early Spring or at least a snow storm, so he has snow to go out and play.
P.S. Today is a “Good Day”, it snowed. A lot! He got to go outside. “grandPA” bought a new sled He didn’t care. He just wanted to fall into snow, multi times and make snow angles. Life is “Good”, well till you make him have to come back in.