Tag Archive: Sensory Processing Disorder

Dec 06

Surviving the Holidays with Aspergers

  Christmas time is supposed to be one of great joy.  So what does that mean for the child with aspergers? My oldest is always excited about Christmas; sometimes TOO EXCITED.  The simple act of decorating the tree can quickly become very stressful for us because of this over excitement.  So how do we handle it? 1.  We try to teach Bookworm self control.  This year at age 9, when we were decorating the tree, he was ALL over the place.  We understand his excitement, but he must learn self control without crushing his spirit. So what we did was ask him to calm himself down.  We explained to him the ornaments could get broke, the tree knocked over, or a sibling pushed down.  When he still couldn’t seem to calm himself down, we had him sit.  Sitting to watch usually does the trick as he does NOT like to be left out.  Once his body seemed to calm  down, he was able to come back and help us decorate the tree and listen to Christmas music. ( My oldest calming down reading a book) 2.  Music: Sometimes turning on music will really calm down anyone. It especially speaks to my oldest. There are certain artists that really sooth him. Toby Mac, Buddy Davis, and the new Duck Dynasty Christmas CD are all ones that do that.  Sometimes I can put on the music and let the kids dance out those wiggles and that in turn calms them down too:). (My oldest loving his Toby Mac!) 3.  Do not overbook.  I know during this time of year everyone is having parties and get-together or attending Christmas plays. ‘Tis the Season right? These are all great ideas.  However, for the child on the spectrum who honestly is socially awkward, this can cause a major sensory overload! We don’t avoid parties, as like I said they are good and they DO encourage our kiddos to step out of their comfort zone but we are careful which ones we go to, and how many. 4.  For Home school.  Christmas time can be both a blessing and a curse for us during home school. It is a blessing for obvious reasons, focusing on the Lords Birthday, Advent, those kinds of things. Also a HUGE hit is our Christmas Around the World. We have done this every year since I started homeschooling. That is where the curse starts lol. My oldest can’t stand if you think about doing something different. He is a creature of habit somewhat, so its almost like losing a friend.  Its a good study and I love it too, but every now and then I think, what if we did X Y or Z instead. He just isn’t ready for that yet. Now, he is more then happy to do a different study ALONG with Christmas Around the World. He just feels he needs to have it the same.  So this year we are doing a new Advent Study but also [...]

Oct 16

Baby, You’re a Firework [Revisited]

[Firework by Katy Perry] [This post was one of my first and continues to be a favorite of mine.  It lifts me up when I am feeling overwhelmed by the hard work it takes to let my Baby shine...] ♥ Go ahead – Ask my crumbling shower walls.  They’ve heard it all. Taken a beating [...]

Jan 16

Head on over to the SPD Blogger Network

Good morning, Friends. Today I am honored to be a guest over at The SPD Blogger Network! Come see me –>HERE<–. About SPD: “This group blog is designed for those writing – or those who want to write –  about raising a child with Sensory Processing Disorder.  This is a  place to share stories.  All [...]

Jan 16

Ride the Train Over to the SPD Blogger Network

Good morning, Friends. Today I am honored to be a guest over at The SPD Blogger Network (SPDBN)! Come see me –>HERE<–. About SPDBN: “This group blog is designed for those writing – or those who want to write –  about raising a child with Sensory Processing Disorder.  This is a  place to share stories.  [...]

Oct 24

Whip Me Up

It was the first thing I noticed this morning as I dragged my weary bones out of bed.  That unmistakable autumn howl here in New England.  An eerie, echoing wind that is difficult to do justice if you don’t already know its sound.   It whips around, weaving in and out of the cookie-cutter ranch homes [...]

Jun 21

Rock Star

  What really defines a Rock Star? I’m talking REAL. FANS. WAVING. LIGHTERS. ROCK. STARS. You know who I am referring to here – the likes of Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi and Bono – guys that have been consistently rocking it out for millions of fans for decades and never disappoint.  They are [...]

Jun 02

Autism Is…

  Autism Is… a 47-pound, almost-5-year-old in diapers who thinks the toilet is a playground. wild nights with no means to quiet, calm or comfort your child.  locks on everything – everywhere – praying that your child isn’t the next one to disappear in the middle of the night, never to be seen again. not knowing what your [...]

May 11

Tailor-Made

[Editor’s note: I write this today in honor of one of my dearest friends and fellow Warrior Mama.  We have fought the good fight for our kids side by side, ended the toughest days over a bottle of wine and celebrated each other’s victories with since…

Mar 25

Baby, You’re a Firework

[Firework by Katy Perry] ♥ Go ahead – Ask my crumbling shower walls.  They’ve heard it all. Taken a beating and then taken some more.  Good day?  Bad day?  CRAPTASTIC Day?  It’s all in the song… ♥ How often do you find yourself completely enveloped in a song that seems to speak directly to you [...]

Mar 14

Hockey is GOOD.

[Brass Bonanza by Jack Say] Some of my fellow Mama Warriors are in need of positive vibes today… I think RM can stack the pads on this one and make a save in the face of autism… …because hockey is not only good, in some locales it is spelled H-O-P-E. ~~~~ New Englanders have a long [...]