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How can I cope with my son with Aspergers’ sensory problems?


How can I cope with my son with Aspergers’ sensory problems?


Having a child with sensory integration issues can be a challenge for a parent. Sensory integration dysfunction is a neurological disorder where a person has difficulty processing sensory information. This difficulty can be on one of the five senses – hearing, sight, smell, touch, or taste – or in a combination of senses. Sensory integration dysfunction (SID) can include hypersensitivity as well as a hyposensitivity.

Kids with SID have a difficult time navigating the world. Many kids have a hypersensitivity to sounds. The vacuum cleaner will be too loud, or the hair dryer. Socks won’t feel right or they won’t wear shirts unless you cut the tags out. Many kids with SID will only eat certain foods.

If you have a child who you feel has SID issues, the first step in coping with them is to get a proper diagnosis. The diagnosis can help you understand the depth and breadth of the issues. Consult your physician about treatment for the issues.

When you are coping with sensory issues at home, you’ll need to be patient and understanding of your child’s needs. It’s important to remember that your child is truly affected by sounds and smells and tastes that may seem perfectly normal to you. Learn to understand what situations cause a problem for your child. It is advisable to try to avoid those situations with your child, and if you do have to encounter them, work with your therapist to teach your child how to better cope with the situation.

Often, a child with SID, especially when he is very young, will react badly in a situation by doing something such as throwing a tantrum. When this happens, you’ll need to try to figure out what triggered the reaction. You’ll need to trace back the steps and try to discover the sound or the smell or the taste that set your child off.

Often, kids with sensory issues have trouble adapting to school. The classrooms can be too loud or the cafeteria smells can be overpowering. Sometimes it can be the proximity of the other kids that will upset a SID child. Work with your occupational therapist to come up with behavioral techniques to help teach your child how to better deal with these situations. Your occupational therapist will likely put your child on a sensory diet that will incorporate movement, sound and smells. In a safe environment, your child will be exposed to different sensory experiences.

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Parenting Aspergers Children - Support Group said...

Cherri Payne Me too.. my son has severe sensory sensitivity.
2 hours ago · Like

April Powell Mowles Unfortunately through trial and error until you find something that works. Good luck
about an hour ago · Like

Tracy Denise Clements unfortunately sensory issues change so what will work for a while might stop working back to square one
55 minutes ago · Like

Tracy Denise Clements my son has a handheld messager which he uses when under stimulated and a sensory ball for when he over, takes them to school teachers lets him get them when hes bad
54 minutes ago · Like

Anonymous said...

My son is hypersensitive to sounds we can't take him anywhere near music at festivals etc.. and he will only eat certain foods as well. He won't even try new things, and somethings he enjoyed when he was younger he can't stand to eat now.

Anonymous said...

My son often walks around wrapped in a blanket or in his winter coat no matter what the weather outside. It's the heavier pressure on his skin makes him feel calmer and safer.

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