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Meltdowns and other insanity

Life with school in the picture has it's ups and downs. It is wonderful to have a couple of hours a day to work, do housework and run errands. Especially since I am now working with one hand it takes me longer to do everything. That part is a huge blessing. The down side is the chaos it brings... mostly for Grace. She has a VERY hard time with change. We tackled the general change of going to school. But now we are dealing with the daily changes. Some days are school days, some are not. Some days are therapy, some days are not. Some days she stays in the classroom all day, some days she gets pull out therapy. It is hard for her. She hates the unexpected.

I know lots of kids have trouble with this but kids with sensory processing problems have so many problems with trying to handle this. This past week Grace had an hour long screaming fit (and I mean, screaming, gagging, hitting, pounding, etc.). When I asked her what was wrong she simply screamed I CAN'T CALM DOWN. It was heart wrenching. We are trying to keep up with her brushing, joint compressions and other sensory diet pieces but it is barely touching her needs. We are all hoping (including her new OT) that time will help this. So in the meantime we are trying to keep her environment calm and keep her as "organized" as we can. It is just so hard to see her struggle so much.

4 comments:

Plant Girl 11:34 AM  

Poor thing. I keep hoping that each day is getting a little better, for all of you.

AllisonB 2:36 PM  

I have a sensory kid too and I've been following your preschool challenges with interest. I just started my 2.5 yo son in a 1-day-per-week "school" and the change is SO hard for him. In fact, one teacher made the mistake of telling him to "settle down" and now he simply screams, "I CAN'T SETTLE DOWN." It does break your heart--you know they're trying but their little bodies just won't cooperate. Here's hoping that it gets better for both of us, with time. Our OT seems to think it will...but for me, that time can't get here soon enough. Hang in there!

Anonymous 3:53 PM  

hang in there, it'll happen. remember too that sometimes the best kinds of personal growth come from struggling and being uncomfortable...that goes for adults too!

Kristen 4:37 PM  

A - Our OT feels the same way but like you I just wish "better" would hurry the heck up and get here. ;D

Anon - I keep trying to tel myself that. "She will be better for this." I know it intuitively but emotionally it is a little tougher.

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