A person with Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism feels EVERYTHING all at the same time. They either over react to situations, or they may under react. Sounds can cause a physical sensation that can either be calming or disorienting. Textures can either soothe or induce physical pain. Colors can physically energize or deplete them.
They feel every emotion at once! They can easily become BIG mad or BIG sad.
Do you have the resources to help your child cope with everyday challenges?
My son usually shows the same signs of being over stimulated, and over time, we have learned how to navigate those feeling and help him feel safe and secure again.
Typical signs of being over stimulated usually include self harm (hitting the head). Repetitive motions are an indication of their bodies being unable to compartmentalize the emotions they feel such as stemming by swaying back and forth, flapping their hands, shaking their head back and forth repetitively, biting, scratching, or seeking some sort of sensory input. Being over stimulated also looks like a meltdown.
It’s so hard to navigate such BIG emotions all at once that their bodies instantly go into fight or flight mode.
Over the last year we have learned some amazing techniques that are such a game changer when moments like above occur.
Here are 5 of our TOP techniques we use daily. They are very beneficial if you suffer from anxiety, stress, or have Sensory Processing Disorder/Autism!
Have you tried any of these? If so what have you had or not had success with?
Ashlee porter is a stay at home mom to a three year old little boy who was recently diagnosed with Autism. She has been married for 7 years. In her free time she loves connecting with other mamas, blogging and advocating for Autism/ Sensory Processing Disorder, and spending time with her family!
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