Friday, October 9, 2015

Sensory Overload

Sensory overload can be triggered by any external or internal factors that can cause a child to become overwhelmed. Whether it's crowds of people,  loud noises, bright lights or all of the above, it is important for parents to recognize their child's triggers and explore ways in which to decrease or eliminate subsequent behavior. Planning, not punishment, is the idea way of approaching the issue. For example, my youngest son would completely go into a full-fledged meltdown whenever we would go into a Walmart, screaming, crying and even throwing things off the shelves. I was at a loss as to what was prompting the behavior until someone asked me if I thought it was sensory overload. The thought had never crossed my mind but I decided to eliminate Walmart from our outings and opted for the more scaled down Walmart market. Believe it or not it worked. Not only do we manage to get our grocery shopping done, but I am still able to expose him to real-life social experiences that I feel are important for getting him prepared for independent living. It may take some trial and error, but understanding and addressing sensory overload is about finding ways to make our children's lives easier in the long run.

1 comment:

  1. Bit by bit! some of the children in my class would start off by just getting used to the bus ride, then small amounts of time in a particular store, using a visual schedule. It eventually got extended to them being given responsibility to buy items, and waiting while the group had morning tea at centres. One child refused to walk and tantrummed constantly so, with mum's permission, I gave her a piece of biscuit ever few steps, then metres, then once inside centre and one outside, then one in the bus to go back to school. After years of tantrummng and mum not being able to go shopping, her daughter was ok with walking at the shop over just a few weeks.


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