Parenting a child with sensory processing disorder (SPD) can be very difficult. Meltdowns, understanding sensory triggers, behavioral issues, teaching self regulation skills are all issues that we deal with on a regular basis. After 1 year of researching SPD and working with my child, all of these issues still exist. Some days are easier than others. Other days I wonder what do I do?
While I am still trying to figure everything out and we still deal with meltdowns, understanding all of my child’s sensory triggers, behavioral issues, and teaching self regulation skills, there are some things that I have found that has helped me in the struggle of parenting a child with SPD.
Create A Visual Schedule
For a long time I was so hesitant about creating a visual schedule. I had heard so many wonderful things about having a visual schedule for a child with SPD, but honestly I thought my child was doing just fine without one. Well after 2 weeks of constant meltdown mode, I realized his schedule had changed. Then I decided to try the visual schedule. After seeing all the benefits of having this schedule, I could’ve kicked myself for not doing this sooner.
Join A Support Group
Whether it is something local or online, connecting with others that are familiar with your “situation” is very beneficial. Regardless of how supportive your family is, there are things that they will NEVER understand that others in a support group will. It helps to ease that feeling of “I’m alone.”
Do Some Research
Whether it’s through talking with a professional, reading a book or looking up information online, researching and trying your best to understand sensory processing disorder, is beneficial for both the parent and child. Some of my favorite resources are The Sensory Spectrum, Lemon Lime Adventures, Understanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals, My Mundane and Miraculous Life, The Out-of-Sync Child, and Raising a Sensory Smart Child.
One of the best resources that I have found is the Super-Sensory Bundle. It includes 38 resources that help with understanding sensory, emotional regulation, strength and movement, fine motor skills, multi-sensory learning, and sensory play.
Consider Your Own Sensory Issues
We all have sensory issues. There are sounds, smells, textures that might bother some and not others. I’m pretty sure most of us can agree that the sound of nails scratching a blackboard is excruciating. I myself have a special blanket that I prefer to sleep with, which I have slept with a blanket for as long as I can remember. I can’t stand the feeling of dirt on my hands or feet, which makes wearing my favorite shoe (flip flops) hard. Certain noises will send a shudder down my spine. While my sensory issues don’t cause me to have a “meltdown” I try to remember these things that bother me when my child’s sensory triggers are causing him problems.
Develop a Sensory Diet
Taking the time each day for activities that help fulfill your child’s sensory needs can make a big difference. When our days are filled with playing at the park, swimming, jumping, spinning, my child seems to be more balanced.
Not sure where to start to develop a sensory diet, don’t worry you aren’t alone. In fact, in the beginning of my son’s diagnosis, I thought sensory diet referred to what he was eating…ha! Let me tell you about a great resource that is sure to help get you started…the Super-Sensory Bundle. I have joined with 34 other authors to create a HUGE bundle of sensory tools. There are 38 simple tools (including e-books, e-courses, and printables) that are sure to help you connect with your child through sensory strategies.
This bundle will help you create simple sensory routines that fit into YOUR schedule, figure out why your child responds to sensory stimulation in the ways they do, manage appointments and routines, and provides activities for great sensory input. These tools can be used in therapy and at home.
This bundle is something that every parent, teacher or therapist of sensory kiddos should have. Here is what is included:
PARENTING RESOURCES- Understand Sensory, Behaviors, and Get Organized
The Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils for Sensory Needs Ecourse
Unlock the Sensory Secret Ecourse
Game Changing Sensory Strategies Ecourse for Picky Eaters
The Magic 7 Ebook
Decoding Sensory Tantrums Ecourse
Scriptures for Special Needs Moms Ebook
SPD Brochure for Caregivers
The Autism Planner Workbook
Potty Training Visual Schedule
EMOTIONAL REGULATION TOOLS AND STRATEGIES
Complete Robot Calming Toolkit Bundle
My Personal Printable Routine Schedule
The Impulse Control Journal
Unwired – A Game to Calm Anxiety
Beat Buster- A Role-Playing Game to Boss Back OCD
Emotions Dress Up Doll Kit
Pocket Sized Feelings Journal
CORE STRENGTH AND MOVEMENT BREAKS
Sensory Exercise Video Membership (one month access)
Digital Yoga Cards
Wiggle Worms: A Guide to Alternative Seating for the Classroom Ebook
Superhero Themed Brain Break Cards
FINE MOTOR SKILLS
Basics of Fine Motor Skills – Developmental Activities for Kids Ebook
The Handwriting Handbook
When Your Child Hates Handwriting Ebook
Seasonal Counting Clip Cards
MULTI-SENSORY LEARNING IDEAS
Sowing the Seeds of Wonder- A Guide for Creating and Nurturing a Garden with Kids Ebook
Steam Powered Kids Learning The Senses Ebook
Slime Play Mats
Alphabet Letter Mats with Craft and Process Art Ideas (180-page resource)
A-Z Beginning Sounds Playdough Mats
Alphabet Playdough Mats
Fall Themed Playdough Mats
Four Seasons Printable Playdough Mats
BRILLIANT BOREDOM BUSTERS AND SIMPLE SENSORY PLAY IDEAS
Discover: Printable Activity Plans to Explore with Your One Year Old
Fun Surprises for Kids Ebook
Rice Play Ebook
Sports Themed Printable Boredom Busters
Sensory Bins: The What, The How, & The Why Ebook
The Homemade Playdough Recipe Ebook
TOTAL VALUE: $294.25!
And for a limited time, you can get all of this at a 90% discount for $29.99. But hurry because this is only available until July 10th, 2017. Get your Super-Sensory Bundle today!