Toileting and Interoception – How to Help Struggling Children
This is a follow up article to the blog post titled This Hidden Sense Affects Potty Training and Toilet Accidents in Older Kids.
Helping children who are struggling with toileting should be approached as more of a marathon than a sprint. A child with toileting issues may actually be struggling with a little known sensory system called interoception.
This Hidden System Affects Potty Training and Toilet Accidents in Older Kids
I had a revelation the other day. I was talking with the fifth parent of the week who had just found our support group. She had just been told her child had “sensory issues” by a physician and given no further explanation. I started out by sharing the Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) basics with her and what it can look like in a child. I explained that we had more than just the obvious senses in our bodies.
The Family Struggle: Global Apraxia and Sensory Processing
Every day—Literally. Every. Single. Day—starts at 1000 mph and does not stop. A dear friend of mine once referred to our son, Ryder, as “WAO” wide ass open (side note – we live in the South), because he does not stop or slow down. The only time he stops is when he takes a few brief moments to eat. He runs almost everywhere he goes, requires fairly constant supervision and has a very poor sense of fear. Ryder isn’t just an overly active boy.
How I Found a Good School for My Child Who Has Sensory Processing Disorder
Some subjects are easy to write to about while others are still painful to this very day. Even though this topic is still painful, I have promised myself for a long time to write about it to help others in a similar situation to know they are not walking the path of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) parenting alone and give them strength to know they will make the best decision they can for their child at that particular moment.
What To Do When Your Tools for Sensory Processing Disorder Stop Working
Over the past eleven years, I have become a magician. Have you ever been to a magic show and stared in amazement at how one man can pull trick after trick out of a hat all in the blink of an eye? I guarantee that if you find a well trained parent of an child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) trying to prevent a meltdown with their child you’ll be just as amazed at their talent.
Supporting My Child Through Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety
As a parent of a child with SPD and anxiety, I feel like the stars have somehow been out of alignment since that very first moment at the age of two, when I realized we had a serious issue on our hands. Do not get me wrong! I absolutely love my daughter and her way of judging the character of people she encounters in her life. The complex process of maneuvering evaluations is a topic for another day, not to mention the emotions that go along with that.
10 Valuable Lessons for Parenting Through Sensory Processing Disorder
It’s been 8 years since a team of therapists from Early Intervention diagnosed my oldest son with Sensory Processing Disorder. Before that evaluation I had never heard of Sensory Processing Disorder or the acronym SPD. At that point in my life, my family life was so chaotic. Most nights I would get into bed feeling utterly exhausted and defeated. I felt hopeless!!
When Your Child Only Wears One Pair of Shorts - Making Progress with Sensory Processing Disorder
Last month, my son Brennan graduated from 5th grade. This was truly one of the proudest moments of my life as a mother so far. This was a day that we had talked about for the last couple of years. What Brennan had talked about most was what he would be wearing. Brennan had goals of wearing a suit to his graduation when he was in 3rd grade and we went to his friend’s graduation. In 4th grade, he talked about wearing dress slacks and a tie. Every year he talked about his outfit for graduation so there was a lot of pressure already built up about h
When Sensory Processing Disorder Affects Your Whole Life
I’ll never forget the feeling of being lost in this new SPD world with no support. It swallowed me whole, everyday, all day. It affected my marriage. It affected every aspect of my life. We had determined that something was wrong with our son Jackson. We had known something was “different” since the day he was born. We told everyone including our parents, his doctor and nurses. We were always met with, “he’ll grow out of it” or told that we were over exaggerating his issues because the child I was living with was not the child they saw in public.
What I Didn’t Know About My Son’s Sensory Processing Disorder
It was in April 2014 when I first learned about Sensory Processing Disorder. My son Brennan was 8 years old and finishing up 3rd grade. When I look back, there is so much that we have learned on this journey, which I am happy to share with those that are first starting out. What puzzles me the most is why we didn’t hear about this sooner? So many children struggle with SPD every day and yet I had no idea what it was. This is the one reason why I want to reach out to as ma