From the moment you find out you’re pregnant thoughts about your child run through your head. Mothers always want the absolute best for their child. When you notice something isn’t right with your child, it is like a small piece of your heart has been broken. I began noticing something was off with my middle child when he was approaching the age of two. There were several signs that raised red flags, and I began to explore the possibility of Autism. After having my son evaluated, I learned what he was dealing with was Sensory Processing Disorder. These are a few of the signs I saw in my son, and what they meant.
Playing with toys
When my son began to actively play with toys, there were only a select group of items he would touch. Hot Wheels cars were his favorite, and he spent hours lining them up according to how he wanted them. It was always in the same order and the line was in the same spot. He would lay parallel with the toys and watch as he wheeled them back and forth. Often he would be so zoned out I would have to physically touch him to get his attention. After doing research, I learned this was referred to as stimming.
I understand that children can be picky with what they eat, but my son was extremely particular. He would not touch anything that was the least bit wiggly. This included everything from jello to noodles. Gagging at meal time became a standard occurrence. There were several times when he would actually vomit at the dinner table. Later I learned certain textures were not tolerable to him and we adjusted his diet accordingly.
Reaction to noises
When anything was loud or odd, my son would cover his ears. Trains going by, car horns, and even the ice machine at a McDonalds could make my son freak out and cover his ears. Sounds were actually hurting him. This was something totally new to me and I was unsure how to help him with this. After finding out about the Sensory Processing Disorder, I purchased ear plugs for my son to wear as needed.
After everything was said and done, I was able to understand my son better. I learned what would or could trigger him into an instant meltdown. Parenting was a little easier on me, and the relationship I had with my little guy prospered. Sensory Processing Disorder can be managed with modifications to your everyday activities. If you think your child may have a sensory issue, you can check out this checklist before having your child evaluated.