We have had a few moments of success over the years. In full rain gear, he has been known to splash in puddles and offered up giggles to the sky. Once dry, a simple drop splashed from the sink onto his pajamas while brushing his teeth can raise the sensory alarms to unbearable levels.
Upon occasion between 6 months and 6 years, we had no tears at bath time. His agitation around this issue of splashing comes and goes like the tide. At times he seemed to enjoy sticking his under under the water in the tub, or being the one to pour water over his head. Hilarity one night, sobs the next and so it continued.
He learned to swim last summer. He coped with wet curly hair dripping everywhere and getting twisted into goggles. For Henry, it is a all about the payoff. He is what we now call spirited, but used to be strong-willed or challenging. Honestly, we find him challenging. Every hill is a hill to die on. Is your child with Sensory Processing Disorder like that?
Overall, it works in his favor. He has to work very hard. Occassionally, our needs and interests coincide and it works in my favor too, like the swimming. He wanted to so badly – honestly he wanted to do it before his older brother did & succeeded.
Of course, the moment swimming is over, he is cold & wet! It is an emergency of the highest order. The transition is horrible, exhausting and extremely loud. But hope springs eternal here. For some reason, after months of discussion about the merits of showers, he took one the other night and declared his undying love of showers. I am not sure how long this will remain in what we call here Sensory Good Land. Sometimes things seem to migrate back to Sensory Bad Land.
He went on a field trip to a pond. Parts of him were going to get wet if he were going to have any fun at all. They were going out with nets and buckets and boots to see what could be found. I decided to sit on my hands. I sent him with the required dry clothes to change into once back at school. I did not chaperon. I sent him off. He came on in clothes that had been splashed.
I am totally sending him to camp this summer. Anyone who can get damp and stay damp for the length of a school day, can go to summer camp, right?