The response to our fill in the blank was overwhelming! And now we’re on to Part II of people’s responses. It’s amazing how many of us have had the same experiences.
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Finish this sentence… “You know you’re an SPD parent when ____.”
You still carry a diaper bag full of stuff (clothes, a surgical brush, lotion, wipes, etc.) but it’s for your 6.5 year old SPD kiddo, not your 2.5 year old – Jody P.
You can spot another child with SPD in a crowd – Nanda G.
You automatically put your hands over your child’s ears when the train is coming – Jeannine G.
You find gum on clearance and buy EVERY SINGLE PACK and then wonder if that will last you the next two weeks….
You have to constantly rub his back or hand just to get him to sit still at church for an hour – Manal J.
You use words and phrases like “crazy body” “safe hands” and “big squish” – Amanda L.
You spend a 1/3 of your time avoiding the meltdown. A1/3 of the your time managing the meltdown and the final 1/3 recovering from it! – Karen M.
You run everywhere instead of walking – Meagan W.
When you plan a quiet room for every relatives house – Amy S.
When you don’t even bother asking your six year old to put on sweats and just let him go to the grocery store in his PJs. (Or Target. Or the library.) – Jennifer H.
For further reading about Sensory Processing Disorder:
The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing DifferencesRaising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing IssuesUnderstanding Your Child’s Sensory Signals: A Practical Daily Use Handbook for Parents and TeachersHelping Your Child with Sensory Regulation: Skills to Manage the Emotional and Behavioral Components of Your Child’s Sensory Processing Challenges