Wednesday... Wednesday, Wednesday can be a struggle!
ITS SENSORY INTEGRATION DAY!
We wake up at 7am, scramble to get our shit together and in the car by 7.45am to get James to Sensory occupational therapy in Sydney.
Its all hands on deck on this morning... I even have poor 2 year old Scarlett grabbing the things we need to get out the door. As I have mentioned in a previous post, James it NOT a morning person! James has Sensory Processing Disorder and upon waking is disorientated and needs to approach this world in his own way. Basically SPD is a sensory traffic jam in the brain. There is 7 senses (see bottom of pyramid, picture) in the human body all these need to work probably in order for us to function normally.... James' senses get jammed which causes sensory overload (CUE MELTDOWN).... like not a tantrum people! Like a full blown in your face screaming MELTDOWN!
Family and friends if James ever asks you to 'GO SIT' or IPAD.... he is warning you he is going into overload and he needs to be removed from the area, given his ipad and has 10 minutes quiet time to self regulate. The IPAD is a visual aid and allows James to zone in and only use visual sense, cue regulating the other senses.
SPD is why we go to a specialized OT that works with and understands the sensory system.
As you can see above in the pyramid image, the 7 senses sit on the bottom. Those 7 need to be working normally to aid in the above like EATING, sitting, motor skills, attention, behavior, learning , TOILET TRAINING and SLEEPING!!!!
So James has a sensory diet at home that we have to tick off daily in order for him to function to full capacity. For example we give James lots of hugs, he spends time in the ball pitt (that cost $600 and takes up my lounge room), he sleeps with a weighted blanket and his father, he gets massages and we do the brushing protocol.... this is all for deep pressure PROPRIOCEPTIVE sense!
For his VESTUBULAR sense we have a swing set, special swing in our garage that's open and low to the ground, we have a trampoline etc etc.
For James' TACTILE sense we have water beads, play doh (also a proprioceptive), do water play, food therapy, kinetic sand (I HATE THIS STUFF)... anything with his hands.
So the above just gives you a small insight into what we have to do for James to help him self regulate.... I will touch on SPD and what we do daily I am sure in my future posts, its very complex and in depth so don't want to bore you to much today.
Anyway, sensory therapy is going really well and James is responding accordingly (at $140 a session he better be!). James doesnt eat solid food.... like not a FUSSY EATER like doesn't EAT at ALL!
Since this therapy has started James has been requesting and trying little bites of some foods! YAY for that.... imagine if we had a 10 year old still drinking Neocate formula from a blue Avent bottle..... LOL!
Anyway thanks for reading!
Love you all!
Much love, Sharna xx