Have you signed up for this challenge (30 Days of Gratitude) from Revive Our Hearts? I don't know about you, but boy do I need this.
Sensory Processing is a very common sign of Autism (but doesn't always mean the person experiencing it is on the spectrum). I wish someone had told me that, I would have had my child tested so much sooner, I would have intervened and done something more for them than just try to limp along. Sensory Processing is a real thing, but I know many people (including pediatricians and doctors and therapists) remain skeptical of it. I had one of our pediatrician's roll his eyes and laugh at me when my child was four and I was discussing a list of sensory issues with him. He handed over a parenting book, one of James Dobson's and told me to buck up and become a better mom.
One who didn't let my kids' tears and meltdowns affect me so much. He witnessed the meltdown himself and just shook his head and told me to suck it up and ignore it.
A few years ago I read a description of what it is like and all of a sudden I understood my child in a whole new way - (I cannot remember where I read this, but the description is so accurate and so true). A child was describing what a type of fabric felt like to their mom, they said it was like taking tiny glass particles and having it scrape repeatedly over them.
The tears rolled down my cheeks in big fat succession. The guilt weighed heavily on my heart. Looking back over the years (as my child was now entering adolescence) I understood. I should have pursued this more, I should have kept asking until someone listened. No wonder the meltdowns! No wonder the fidgeting and lack of concentration. No wonder the complaining and not wanting to buy new clothes or socks or pants.
I read this post this morning and WOW, I love all of the resources she has compiled into this post. It is always so good to have something fresh to try.
Did you know that tomorrow kicks off NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month! I am going to do it this year, it will no doubt be terrible and I might fall flat on my face and I will more than likely be the only one who ever reads it, but writing is a sort of therapy for me. A way for me to channel my feelings (the good, the bad, and the ugly). It is a way for me to experience life, in a deeper, more meaningful way. I can't wait!