A post here on the SPD Blogger Network got me to thinking. I’ve always considered Dylan a superhero. Since he was a baby, I’ve said that his smile will change the world (one of his many super powers). On Beth’s post, I shared with her the one time I saw a child in sensory gear I told him he looked like a superhero which got me to thinking…..
Let’s explore shall we??
Spiderman wears a skin tight costume (compression garment) from head to toe. He flings himself off buildings, swinging back and forth through the air (vestibular stimulation). He wears his costume under his clothes and rips them off at the first sign of danger or a human in need (tactile defensiveness – tags and seams probably drive him nuts). …continue reading
My kids are so different from one another. One’s an introvert; the other’s an extrovert. One’s quiet and calm; the other’s rowdy and loud. One excels at math; the other in reading. One likes chocolate; the other doesn’t. (I know! What kid doesn’t like chocolate?!?)
So it stands to reason that, when trying to maneuver the everyday sensory playground of life, they would be like night and day. Right? For instance…
Munchkin never realizes he’s hungry. You have to force him to eat. Wait, scratch that. We strongly encourage him to eat. (You can’t force that kid to do anything!) Mostly, we bribe him. Squirrel never realizes when she’s full. She eats until she’s sick, so we have to remind her to pay attention to what her tummy’s telling her.
Squirrel will hold her bladder all day. As a tot, she would refuse to use the toilet for the entire 8 hours at daycare. Munchkin does not even realize he needs to go until it starts to trickle out. Then everyone needs to move out of his way so he can make it to the potty! At six, we still have a bunch of potty accidents. …continue reading