When a child processes sensory information just a little differently than his or her peers it can mean BIG emotions, meltdowns and a huge struggle for us as parents.
Often these kids are labeled as “sensitive” or “intense” and they might cause us to avoid playdates and public places because we’re never sure what seemingly small issue will cause the next explosion.
Lynne Jackson of Connected Families joins me to uncover the mysteries behind our kids with sensory struggles and how we can help them thrive. We talk about Sensory Processing Disorder and the wide range of sensory processing symptoms.
As a mom who had two kids with sensory processing needs and as a licensed occupational therapist, Lynne encourages us to become a student of our kids and try to understand their point of view.
Imagine if the volume on all your sounds and the sensations in your body was turned up and you were to trying to fall asleep, that would be really hard. Car rides and meals are often torturous. So then what are the kids doing? They’re trying to cope. They’re jumping down. They’re complaining about the food and squirming in their seats. They’re trying to do something so they feel in control.
We talk about what to do if you suspect a sensory processing problem in one of your kids and where to seek help. I share my story of working through this with one of my boys and why I wish we’d gone to see a therapist sooner.
What we chat about:
- Sensory processing disorders and what they look like in younger kids
- 20% of kids have nervous systems that process information differently than their peers
- The differences between over-sensitive and under-sensitive sensory processing
- Some indicators that your child may struggle with sensory processing
- Learning what helps calm down the sensory overwhelm and staying connected with them to help them regulate during stressful situations
- How to learn more about sensory processing and when to seek professional help
Connect with Lynne:
- Website: connectedfamilies.org
- Podcast: Connected Families Podcast
- Facebook: facebook.com/ConnectedFamilies
- Instagram: @connectedfams
- Solve that After-School Crabbiness [BLOG]
- Viewing your child through a different lens [BLOG]
- Equipping Kids to Calm [BLOG]
- Sensory Processing Questionnaire [Child] [PDF]
- Sensory Processing Questionnaire [Ages 12 –18] [PDF]
- Sensational Kids by Lucy Jane Miller [BOOK]**
- Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz [BOOK]**
- STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder [WEBSITE]
- Similar pyramid to the one I reference in the show: https://kids-first.com.au/how-your-childs-sensory-system-sets-them-up-for-life/ [ARTICLE]
- Discipline that Connects Course — Use DMA15 to save 15%
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I cannot thank you enough for this conversation. We are just starting on this journey with our second of four daughters. We are finally to the place where we can humbly say, “We need help please!” I sat down to Google search “SPD” when your email popped up with this episode. God always, always provides. Some friends have recently shared with me similar processing struggles in their kids. I will definitely be passing this along. Thank you sincerely.
This podcast was a game changer for me as a mom. The Lord used this in my heart to give me the courage to reach out and ask for help. I have been suspicious that my son has SPD but always doubted myself. He will be evaluated tomorrow and I am hopeful it is the first step to getting some help and useful tools to help my son succeed. I cannot thank you enough for discussing this rare topic and for the encouragement it brought to my family.