Instead of taking away something that they need (sensory input to their head), I'm going to look for a new more appropriate way to give it to them. I am considering a weighted ball cap. I found one in a magazine they gave to us to bring home with us. I often wondered if they made these but never really researched it. Also, they are head bangers, this may help with that as well. Apparently, they are not understanding where their body fits in space.
Another thing about Caleb that I'm trying to understand is his sock obsession. He swings them, they chews on them, he hoards them and hides them all over the house. He will only chew on the top end, he will only hold the top end and rub that end on his face... So a solution they gave to me today was to cut that end off of a sock and attach it to a necklace like and allow him to carry this with him for comfort. Put it in his pocket or backpack and allow him to have it as a reward to stay on task or as a motivator.
There are several types of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). There is Sensory Modulation Disorder (SMD), Sensory Based Motor Disorder (SBMD) and Sensory Discrimination Disorder (SDD). The one I found the most fascinating was SMD.
Three types of SMD:
Sensory Under Responsive Kids:
- Low Muscle tone
- Lacks appropriated demonstration of pain or temperature
- Difficult to motivate or engage in a task
- Hard to sustain attention
- Prefers sedentary activities such as watching TV
- Difficulty siting in a chair, may lean forward for support
- May eat too much because he doesn't register hunger
- Shut Down
- Inability to sit still
- Hand flapping
- Inability to calm self
- Changes in eating or sleeping
- Always making a mess
- Can't keep hands to self
- Likes rough housing, crashing, unable to stop talking
- May have TV, ipod or radio very loud
- Prefers strong flavors of foods - hot, spicy, sour
- May lick or chew on non-food items
- Can't stop moving or fideting
- Bumps into things
- Enjoys playing with things or touching textured objects
- Jump, Jump, Jump
- Very difficult to engage in activities such as church, movies, and the like
The above information came from our power point hands outs. Our presenters were nervous as it was their first attempt at this training, but I have invited them to come and talk at Camp Friendship in August. I will be sure to advertise it locally here when they decide to come. I would encourage anyone with a child on the Autism Spectrum, ADHD, ADD, Down Syndrome and/or Sensory Issues to attend. It was worth the 6 hours we were there!!