When Riley was a wee screaming peanut, we met Stacey, a young occupational therapist who would change our lives. She was the first one to take us seriously about Riley’s intense meltdowns. She explained sensory integration dysfunction and talked to us about what it might feel like inside Riley’s body. Suddenly there was a reason we could put behind the behavior.
Several months back, Stacey asked me to write a little something for Sensory Integration Special Interest Section (SISIS) Quarterly Newsletter, a professional publication for occupational therapists. The focus of the article would be what it is like to parent someone who has sensory processing difficulties.
Here is what I came up with. Scroll down a little to find it. Hit the download button at the top to make it bigger.
As per usual with me, I forgot what I wrote two seconds after it was sent. I was a tad worried, because I vaguely remembered being in a wry, dry mood when I worked on it. Turns out it isn’t too terribly obnoxious, though with tongue planted firmly in cheek, I do bash the writers of television shows for children, and not for obvious reasons.
What’s it like to parent someone with sensory issues?
It’s restrictive, and it’s freeing. It’s all in how you look at it, day to day, moment to moment.
*Riley and Stacey, working hard, in 2004.