Saturday, March 26, 2011

My first post at SPD Blogger Network!

Wow! My first post was published today over at SPD Blogger Network! It's a wonderful site and I encourage all parents who have kids with any sort of sensory issue (which, let's face it, includes almost all of us!) to visit and read through the gamut of posts related to Sensory Processing Disorder.

"Meltdowns Happen" ran here on my blog in February. It's my second most popular post ever, so I'm thrilled to share it with a new audience. I hope that my story of managing a meltdown with Grumpy Badger will help others realize that you are not the only parent that deals with this kind of thing. Parents, especially moms, need to be reminded that you are not alone. I've been there, too. As a community, we're in this together.

Meltdowns happen, as much as we wish they didn't. This is despite the efforts of caring parents who work diligently to navigate situations that might trigger problems for their child. While our children learn coping strategies, our job is to continue helping them through those tough situations. Meltdowns are as hard on your child as they are on you. Keep moving and do what you think is best. You are the expert on your child, after all. Keep up the good work!

This is a great opportunity to learn from each other. I've found that tips from fellow parents are often better than those I've read in a book. Please feel free to comment below with strategies that have helped you and your child during a meltdown. Here's to meltdown-free days, or at least longer stretches between them!    


Earth Monkey Moms said...

Amen Angela! Our oldest had VIOLENT meltdowns a couple of times a day... he was biting and drawing blood on us and himself and even throwing our 3 month old across the room. I was pregnant with our third so I knew we needed to do something drastic... We put him on some heavy duty meds that made him agin about 20 pounds but did little to help the meltdowns... I still remember the night my husband and I sat crying at the table when we thought we had no more options. The next day our OT called and suggested we take part in a study of a new massage called qiqong. I was VERY leery but we were out of hope so I tried it... it's 12 separate percussive messages (like brushing and compression on crack) Qiqong changed out lives... it significantly reduced tantruming and almost completely eliminated the violent aggressive behavior.... You can check out their site here:
Don't know if it will work for every child but it changed our lives... it is a commitment though... can't just do it once in a while...
Thanks so much for this post... can't wait to check out the SPD Blogger!

Caffeinated Autism Mom said...

Wow, that's the first time I've heard of using Qiqong for meltdowns. It makes sense. What a great idea! I'm so glad you've found some relief with using the technique. That's what it's all about, right? We have lots of activities that our little guy can do to create impact on his body, since he craves intense sensory input ALL the time. We use a mini-trampoline, couch cushions (kid sandwich), a punching bag, weighted blanket, vibrating massager, compressions (including head squeezes), a sensory swing (lycra), among other things. He's learning how to give himself input now, which helps him self-regulate and not go over the edge all the time. Getting older does have its redeeming qualities. Keep up the good work, mama!

Brainhugger said...

Great post!
Now that she's 11, my SPD daughter is nearly past the 'big public freakout' stage, thanks to OT and Behavioral Therapy. But we are still always vigilant, looking out for possible triggers. Her self-regulation has improved dramatically and she is beginning to learn to advocate for herself when she needs to remove herself from an upsetting situation.

Caffeinated Autism Mom said...

Brainhugger, you have given all of us with younger ones hope for the future. Thank you! Meltdowns may be a memory someday. That's my wish for all of us!

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