A Few Tips I Have Found Necessary For Raising a Sensory Child
1. Often sensory events can be avoided if the child has small and frequent healthy meals, enough sleep, and enough space or enough touch depending on what your child’s needs happen to be.
2. Keep in mind that not all sensory issues can be avoided and de-escalated. It is okay if your child flips out. It happens. Sometimes we can calm them sometimes we cannot. There will be a conclusion to the event.
3. Remember that their emergencies are important and seem pressing to them BUT are not always emergencies. Calmly see what is wrong and proceed to offer several solutions the child can choose from in order to resolve the issue. Keep in mind that forcing the issue will NOT de-escalate most sensory events.
4. Recognize your need for back-up or a break. If you feel panicky or angry, then it is time to call a friend or family member who will be able to calmly sort things out while you take a break to calm yourself.
5. Ignore anyone who says you should harm your child or who says you have a “bad” kid. Neither is true and those folks are idiots.;)
6. Make time for positive memories. Go places your child enjoys, play games he or she enjoys or sit together while each of you read a book. Sometimes just being available is enough for our children. Sometimes your child will not want to be in close proximity, honor that but still be available in case your child allows you to be closer.
7. Remember you are important. Your child is important. This too shall pass.:)