Long time no see, ey?
This post has absolutely nothing do to with crafting or sewing, but hey…it’s my blog and I can post what I want, right? Plus, it’s what’s consuming my thoughts these days…
See that kid?
I adore him. He makes me laugh ‘til I cry most days. But he’s hard. Like really, really hard. He’s made me question every ounce of my mothering ability.
I KNEW something wasn’t right, pretty much from birth, even though I got laughed at and brushed off whenever I brought it up. He was meeting all his developmental milestones. He was obviously fine, right?
It looks like he has SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) or SID (Sensory Integration Disorder). I don’t even know what the difference between the two is yet. Maybe there’s not one? I suppose I’ll learn in time.
Basically, as I understand it, his brain can’t differentiate between the things it needs to pay attention to and the things it doesn’t. Everything comes through full blast and he gets overloaded.
And then he loses it. And he can’t really help it. And the staring starts.
(I’m talking to YOU, mean lady at the fabric store who came over and asked me if I was finding everything all right no less than FIVE times whilst I was trying to get him calmed down. Believe me, I wanted to be in your store even less than you wanted me there. And your interrupting was NOT helping. Try living with it all day every day for 4 years. I went in my car and cried. I’ll go somewhere else next time.)
It’s not because I’m a bad parent and I need to be more strict or on a better schedule or have more of a routine.
It’s just how he is.
And we’re working on it.
Unfortunately, there’s a several month wait for therapy (and this is therapy that we’ll be paying for, not free, which is another rant on its own)….longer for a different type that we’re considering.
So, on the off chance that any of you have dealt with this and you managed to make it through all my rambling…
Any book recommendations?
Any experience with TLP?