Apr 072014

Could your child have sensory processing disorder?

Does he cover his ears in noisy environments?

Does your child fall apart emotionally after a day full of activity or travel?

This YouTube video provides a good portrayal of the difficulties faced by a child who has a sensory processing disorder. Watch it to understand how your child feels (video opens in new window).

sensory processing disorder Overload Simulation

Do you wonder what you can do to help your child overcome his sensory processing disorder?

Solutions some parents use, depending upon the child’s tolerance level, include:

  • Ear plugs
  • Soft ear muffs
  • Buy seamless socks (they make such a thing!)
  • Use velcro-closure shoes for easy comfort fit
  • Allow your child to have a large blanket to form a “cocoon” for himself in a shopping cart (helps with visual over stimulation)
  • Instead of trying to run a lot of errands back-to-back, go run one errand per day (provides smaller doses of overload, which may be more tolerable for your child)
  • If your child melts down frequently at school, consider homeschooling until your child’s neurology processes better.

How do you help your child cope?
Please post your comments below to help other parents find solutions which may work for their children.

  2 Responses to “What it’s like to have sensory processing disorder? (with solution ideas)”

  1. My autistic daughter has sensory processing problems. I believe they became worse after she received a concussion while playing recreational league soccer. She used to wear a hoodie year-round because she could cocoon herself in it when she became overwhelmed. She also likes having noise canceling headphones available. She wears prescription glasses and having transition lenses that darken in bright sunlight helps her out, too. She enjoys having an ipad/ipod with earbuds so she can listen to her favorite music and tune out all the other sensory stimulation. She likes having a “tangle” toy in her pocket for stimming when too much sensory stimulation makes her anxious. Great Website.

    • Thank you, Deborah, for sharing information about the things that help your daughter cope. It sounds like you are doing a great job of helping your daughter with her sensory issues with the headphones, earbuds, glasses, etc. It’s always helpful for others to know about ways to help their kids, so I truly appreciate you sharing your tools and ideas for helping your daughter cope.

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