Sensory processing disorders are certainly on the “big battle” list that most families have to deal with in their day-to-day lives. With Christmas festivities ‘round the corner, things may escalate to an all new level. Nevertheless, the festive time changes everything that meets the eye.
Decorations seem to get increasingly popular during the season and each year they are pushed beyond their predecessors. Further, we see our auditory systems being exposed to continual jingling of festive music and chatters from every nook and corner.
At times, things can end up getting magnified, especially to those who are on the spectrum. This article helps you understand the important signs that one needs to look out for when you have a child struggling with sensory issues.
One may find their child restless and be running non-stop around the house. Spinning in unusual ways and jumping off the furniture while causing discomfort to others is not uncommon among children diagnosed with sensory issues.
Before you end up losing your patience, let us help you understand that it pays to know what actually is bothering them. At times due to constant sounds flowing around them, a child might end up being agitated resulting in biting, arguing or other undesirable actions.
Many folks with sensory issues find festive seasons heightening their anxiety levels. Vicky Ruffle, a therapist, advises parents with her techniques in dealing with situations arising out of sensory issues.
Below are her recommendations:
- Vicky says, “When one has a child with sensory issues, they need to prepare the child well in advance by talking and discussing the things that are scheduled to happen during the day.” She adds, “You need to help the child with recollecting what happened during the day at their bedtime and further help them understand what is in place for the next day.”
- Another useful technique is sticking to your child’s usual set of sensory strategies and gift them with ample opportunities to calm down by involving them in productive activities.
- The therapist says, “It is highly important for one to avoid sensory overloads.” She continues, “One can definitely incorporate the festivities without having to go overboard.” For instance, one can decide to have lights on in a static position rather than having blinking lights that is seen to disturb the visual sensory process of an individual.
- One needs to schedule a downtime just like you do every other day, explains Vicky. The therapist adds an interesting highlight, “Every one of us is ‘so busy’ during festive times that we unintentionally forget daily routines.” Make sure you make a note of important details about your child’s downtime and give him/her ample time to relax.
- Plan neatly in advance to make your child’s experiences a cherishable memory.
“One should always remember that it’s ok to be different. Everything, in the end, comes down to what makes our children happy,” she concludes.