The crashing. His body needs it at certain parts of the day. His sensory system craves pressure to regulate. I realize this about him, and I get it. But I have to admit there are times when it drives me crazy. For example…
In stores or shopping areas.
When we are around people we don’t know.
When we are around people that don’t have any patience.
When we are at a restaurant.
When I am just NOT IN THE MOOD to be ran in to. 🙂
I could keep going, but you get the idea, I’m sure.
So, with that being said, I try my best to keep my thoughts on the positive and to work with him instead of against him. Instead of getting annoyed and telling him, “No!” (which just fuels the fire anyway,) I assimilate. If we are out and about, then I pick him up. Swing him around. Get goofy with him for a bit. Make a game out of it as much as I can. Go for a walk. Chase each other. Whatever I can do depending on the situation. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I know it’s the way he is wired. I want to love him and help him be who he is.
This summer, we did a lot of “crashing” in our gazebo.
Do you have ideas for your child(ren) when they need to sensory regulate and it’s inconvenient in the current momentary situation?
Please share. (I could always use more!)