Bumpy socks, lumpy food, loud noises, large crowds, startling automatic toilet flushers… are just a few things that can completely overwhelm some of our anxious kids. But don’t make the mistake of putting them in the same category with all your child’s other anxiety issues.
It is not a coincidence that many kids with anxiety and OCD have sensory issues as well. Sensory struggles often go hand in hand with anxiety and OCD. Many of us have kids who can’t stand tags, have tantrums over socks and go running in the opposite direction to loud noises.
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Does your child have sensory issues? Sensory issues are a common companion to anxiety and OCD. That can make an already difficult situation that much more difficult!
Often parents have a reactive approach to Sensory Processing Disorder. They put out fires as they come and often meltdowns are par for the course.
Many of us don’t think about equipping our kids with skills to handle their own sensory struggles.
Anxiety and sensory issues are like peanut butter and Jelly. They exist alone, but where you find one, you’ll often find the other. Unfortunately, anxiety can increase sensory issues and sensory issues can increase anxiety. This can feel like a never-ending vicious cycle.
So how are you supposed to handle your child’s sensory struggles? What’s the best approach? What are the best resources? What are the best sensory toys? We spend most of our time talking about anxiety, but today it is all about the sensory processing struggles!
It started about a month ago. My daughter came home from school and wanted a “fidget spinner.” She thought it might help with her anxiety. I had heard of fidget toys, but never a fidget spinner. As a child therapist I am normally ahead of the curve with kid crazes, but not this one.
If you scour the internet for seamless socks and buy multiple pairs of the same exact pants because your child will actually wear them, you are not alone. There are many of us out there, dealing with sensitive children who give us a long list of criteria for what they are willing to wear.
Do you know there is a link between Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety? It is not a coincidence that kids with SPD often have anxiety.
My Shift from Therapist to Mom of a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder I am a Therapist Mother of a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). They never taught me about Sensory Processing Disorder in graduate school. I learned about sensory processing in the worst way possible. I was in a training for toddler mental health. The professor was covering the topic of sensory […]
What’s all the buzz around sensory issues? What is sensory processing? In my world of child therapy – I have made an incorrect assumption that everyone knows and understands sensory processing issues. I am reminded weekly in my therapy sessions with parents that this is not the case and that parents often feel lost and confused around this topic. For those parents I work with and […]