We have five children: three girls who are homeschooled and two boys who are currently too young for school. Our oldest boy has SPD.
Since being diagnosed late last year and starting the sensory diet given to us by his OT, I feel like I’m walking a tight rope. I am worried I will slip and set him backwards again. Our little ‘W” was non verbal until about 1 month ago when he started a gluten free diet and started his sensory diet. He now makes noise and is trying to form words. The glazed look (like an animal in the headlights of a car) has left his eyes and he tries to follow simple instructions like put your arms in the holes when getting dressed. He seems to get frustrated when he can’t make me understand him and this causes what I guess would be called a meltdown (crying, shaking, usually followed by a high pitch squeal) lasting from five minutes up to twenty minutes is the longest so far. Once he has stopped and is focusing on something else it is like for him it never happened (for me it takes a little longer to recover). I have tried cards with pictures on them and only given him four at a time to get him to show me what he wants but he picks up all the cards (photos I took or found on the internet of food and drinks he will eat) and hands them to me. I don’t seem to be able to get him to match the card to the object he wants. What am I doing wrong?
My youngest daughter has had her nose put out of joint because of the time requirements all the things we do with ”W” take. I’m trying to balance the other kids so they don’t feel left out but feel like I’m completely failing.
We live in Australia where I have been hunting for information groups or people to help. Any advice would be great on how others manage to balance a SPD child’s requirements into family activities.