SID and Painting the walls brown…

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With SID you have two camps – the sensory AVOIDERS…and the sensory SEEKERS. I have two SID girls – one Avoider (Riley) and one Seeker (Angel). Up until a year ago I was certain that having the Avoider was the “Worst” of the two.  Social situations, eating, playtime were all such challenges.  Planes flying overhead were a nightmare for weeks, trucks driving by.  Coping mechanisms were learned and slowly with time it became less of an issue. Then we had our Seeker.  I thought it was tough to handle when part of her seeking techniques were ramming her head into everything.  Screaming at the top of her lungs. Throwing everything. Breaking everything. But as much as we’ve been able to curb (some) of these events – in the past year we’ve had the occasion to experience the worst of the SID habits. Smearing poop. Poop on the walls, the beds, the clothes…IN HER MOUTH.  It makes me wonder for her intelligence (sometimes when I’m most stressed) – and my sanity.  It is one thing that I can seriously get truly and horrifically upset and disgusted for…. And it’s one thing that I haven’t the foggiest idea how to stop. The taste obviously doesn’t put her off.  The smell.  The feel.  None of it.  I’ve found out through research and searching that this isn’t uncommon – but is ALWAYS stressful for the parents.  I also see posts of some children doing it even after potty training, and beyond.  So for now I sit and research coping mechanisms again…although this time, I search for coping mechanisms for myself and my husband. I don’t think either of us look good bald. Read more »

Terminology Tuesday

For the first TT, we’re going to cover SID – Sensory Integration Dysfunction (also commonly called Sensory Processing Disorder). Definition of SID:A neurological disorder causing difficulties with processing information from the five classic senses (vision, auditory, touch, olfaction, and taste), the sense of movement (vestibular system), and/or the positional sense (proprioception). The layman’s definition: Difficulty processing sensory input. SID can be a standalone disorder, or it can be symptomatic of other disorders (such as forms of PDD, Tourettes, or even dyslexia). SID is usually diagnosed by an Occupational Therapist. Read more »

by Sarah Cass

Multi-published author. Mom of 3 special needs kids. Wife to 1 good man.
Redefining Perfect every day.