You know it’s just the way I was made when…
*I’m getting a haircut and I am very squirmy because my neck and ears are so sensitive that I can’t handle you touching them. No amount of bribery or “discipline” can make me sit still for long.
*I’m getting a haircut and I am screaming because I actually think your scissors or clippers are going to cut my head off.
*I’m in the dentist chair, not sitting, with numerous people telling me it’s okay. It won’t hurt. It’s just air…I don’t believe you because it’s blowing into my mouth and will go into my body and it will make it burst like a balloon.
*My mom is holding me in a headlock during previously mentioned haircut because it’s the only way it will get done. If she doesn’t get my hair cut then I will scream every bath because it hurts when my hair gets long and she tries to wash it. It’s better this way…really!
*My mom is letting me scream down the mall or down the street because no amount of talking, yelling, reasoning or any other method will actually get through to me until I calm down, and I need to do that somewhere other than a noisy place, or to get me out of the situation that is making me crazy.
*I only want my mom because she KNOWS how to calm me, she’s safe. She “gets me” when no one else seems to. Sometimes I will hold it all in until she is here and then I break down. I know she will usually understand or at least try to.
*When I get my blood taken it will take five people in an inexperienced lab to hold me down.
*I sack a doctor because I am so afraid of his instruments.
*I cover my ears because it hurts when you talk so loud not because I’m being rude.
We are working really hard, my family and I, to make these situations less difficult for me. We are learning more every day how to cope in this bright, loud, busy world of ours. Some of these things I don’t even have to work at anymore, but it sure was hard for a while.
These are a few of the true life situations through the years that we’ve gone through together. It’s always an adventure! I am so proud of my kiddos that struggle with sensory issues because they have come a long ways. All of us as humans, have some sensory issue. Whether it’s loud noises that we are sensitive to, or tastes, certain textures that make us gag…we all have something. Usually we find a way to avoid or deal with them. It may not even affect us often. As a child with these issues on a larger scale, they are bombarded and do not know how to handle it. That’s my job. To help my kids learn to cope and thrive. Be the best they can be but also know their limits.