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Anxiety and Sensory Processing

I attended a seminar this past Tuesday on Anxiety and Sensory Processing in children and teens. I went because Adrian has Sensory Processing Disorder.

The presentation was given by a counselor and an Occupational therapist. We went over what we can do to help our children and the different activities for situations.
Below is an outline:

What Can We Do?
Sensory Diet – Sensory Diet
Relaxation Methods-whatever helps calm your child down and relax them. For Adrian the is usually what I call a deep pressure massage. I squeeze along his extremities lightly.
Occupational therapy- Adrian did three months with an Occupational therapist privately in 2010, but during school since 2009 he sees an OT once or twice a week.
Neurofeedback-Neurofeedback Adrian has a 24 hour EEG every three to four months.
Social activities
Safe places
Safe people

Calming Activities
Deep Pressure
Heavy Blanket
Deep Breathing
Listening To Music


Alerting Activities
Jumping On Trampoline
Pillow Fight

Organizational Activities
Mowing Grass
Carrying Heavy Objects
Moving Furniture
Throwing A Ball
Eating Crunchy or Chewy Food
Drinking Through A Straw
Core Strengthing Exercises

Parent Support Group
Speech, Physical, or Occupational Therapy
Community Mental Health
Beyond Consequences by Heather Forbes



Last Thursday I did something I try to avoid at all costs, the dread shopping trip with Adrian. As a parent of a child with ADHD, Autism, and Sensory Processing Disorder I can tell you shopping has never been easy.

My son is baffled by noise, crowds, lights, smells and just about anything else you can think of. Shopping mixes all these baffeling things in at once. With all of your senses working at once overtop of one another it would be extremely hard not to be baffled. Unlike myself when I happily tune everything out so I can handle my business as quickly as possible Adrian’s body can not. He hears too much, sees too much, is surrounded by too many people, smells too many scents.

When you bring a child who 1) has a short attention span, 2) has difficulty expressing his needs and wants, and 3) is extremely sensitive to every aspect of his surrounding enviornment you are creating the specifics for the mother of all meltdowns. This would be why I avoid doing so at all costs.

Last Thursday I simply could not avoid it. Adrian had been coming down with something for awhile and I wanted to take him to his pediatrician. He ended up needing an antibiotic for sinusitis and I needed a couple more items. My Sister-In-Law Rebecca gave us a ride to his appointment and the store.

In all the three of us were at Meijer 45 minutes. Not our longest trip, but not short either. I was blown away completely by Adrian! I swear I thought my real kid had gone into hiding. With the exception of him perseverating on a dang toy he thought he absoultly needed he did fine! The store was no less crowded then usual. His aunt did take him to see fish which he loves. It was a normal trip like every other one we’ve ever had. The last shopping trip he went on was three months before this one. He had a huge meltdown. Progress is excellent. I expect there to be future store meltdowns but the fact that he got through one trip without one was HUGE!! I left the store so happy that I wanted to cry. I hope it just gets better from here. He has come so far in such a short amount of time considering we knew next to nothing about Autism upon his diagnosis almost two years ago. He just celebrated his eighth birthday on Sunday and with every year that passes he continues to Amaze me!