sensory processing disorder
"By age 2, we could not leave him alone for even a second for fear he would hurt himself, his sister or our pets. Then we discovered sensory processing disorder."
Whether you're a parent with a child with autism or hosting a family with one.
He sees his brother receive so much of our time and energy.
Do you know what a family in crisis looks like? Would you be able to tell? I am not talking about the crises that are apparent
Forming a community of parents, writing about our agonizing moments of self-doubt and shame when we lose it and scream back at our screamers, allow us to feel less alone during the isolating and terrifying journey of raising babies and young kids.
I had so many judgments about parenting... before I was a parent. More specifically, before I was a parent to two kids with special needs. I was sure I knew the magic formula to raising creative, inquisitive, polite, humble children -- full of curiosity and bursting with energy for seasonal crafting projects. I was kind of an ass. A well-intentioned ass.
To be honest, I first thought I'd send you a short private response by email, saying, "Please seek professional help." I stand by that advice. Certainly, not having any details -- and being journalist, not a doctor -- my answer would naturally be measured and limited. But I can help you see your predicament through a family lens.
The world around me is a sharp, bitter, devastating blow.
I've become a different mom by witnessing the mystery, complexity and seismic hope in my child's future. I've felt how my strength and my belief in my child helps provide fuel for his flourishing.
Some of the sounds, smells and sensations that come with the fun can cause overwhelm.