Self-Care Chronicles: Menstruating for Girls with Sensory Issues
In this article: Begin to realize the world of menstruating with sensory issues and how to help your loved one cope with the body’s monthly routine. We will discuss tips for easing symptoms as well as promoting good personal hygiene for young girls with sensory issues learning about the reality of her monthly period.
For any woman, the effect of starting her period is intense. Many express moodiness, overall discomfort, sore muscles, cramping, bloating, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, depression, and even trouble concentrating—and it goes without saying that symptoms vary from woman to woman. If we don’t properly warn our girls of what’s to come, they may fear for the worst when they see the first sign of red blood in their underwear. The truth is that young girls with ASD or other sensory processing issues are no exception to the laws of nature. So how can we prepare...
Self-Care Chronicles: Nutrition and Eating for Sensory Issues
In this article: We explore foods known to reduce sensory meltdowns and why they work, as well as helpful strategies to promote independent feeding and healthy eating habits among children, teens, and adults with sensory processing issues.
Eating is a Full Sensory Experience
“Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.” —Genesis 8:20-21 NIV
Welcome back to another installation of the Self-Care Chronicles! It is no surprise that children, or anyone really, can be picky eaters. But, what if they aren’t picky? What if it...
Self-Care Chronicles: Potty Training and Toileting
Perhaps you knew that potty-training was going to be an issue.
For any parent is can be discouraging to watch those Pinterest-perfect mothers successfully train their children to potty on their own in such a short amount of time.
It can feel disheartening to be in a busy market, reaching for the largest size of training pants in the diaper aisle, knowing judging eyes are upon you. But you know what your child needs, and you will do what it takes to get it done.
That’s why we are here in the next edition of the Self-Care Chronicles where we evaluate the trials of sensory processing and toileting.
The very atmosphere of the bathroom is one full of over-stimulating, monstrous noises—at least this is true for a child with a sensitive auditory sense.
The flush of the toilet and the rush of water from the sink can hurt their ears.
That’s not to mention the tactile involvement in going to this strange room.
Self-Care Chronicles: Getting Dressed
No matter the age, getting dressed for a child can be a hassle. Oftentimes children, in general, are particular or afraid of the routine. Then add sensory processing issues and getting dressed together: now we have a bigger problem that can last into adulthood. If you’ve ever caught yourself cutting tags out of clothes, allowing your child to choose off-kilter outfits because you choose your battles and clothes are not worth the fuss, or even swaddling your tall child like a small baby then I’ve got some tips for you.
We must remember that getting dressed is part of a healthy self-care routine (that’s not to say the occasional pajama day at home is wrong). It is important to understand that God wants us to care for His temple, which is our human bodies. In this world, there are many who cannot do so themselves. If you are one of His mightiest creations whom He has charged with the responsibility of loving someone with sensory...
Self-Care Chronicles: Brushing Teeth
Welcome to another entry into the Self-Care Chronicles. Today we will talk about brushing teeth and oral hygiene for people with sensory processing issues. Making sure to care for even these small areas can improve many other aspects of your loved ones life.
In Matthew 23:26 Jesus says, ““Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” He is talking about letting the inside reflect what is on the outside. Of course, he is criticizing the Pharisees for being hypocritical here, but the lesson is one we can apply to our situation as well: if we desire improved behavior and work towards managing sensory stressors, we must care for both the inside and the outside. We cannot just care for one area and not the other as if one has more significance.
The reality of diversity and uniqueness in the world of the senses doesn’t rest here. Some may love the sensation of having their...
Self-Care Chronicles: Bathing
Bath-time is one of those things that can look lovely in pictures. Seeing a child enjoying a rubber ducky covered in bubbles or running around in an animal shaped towel just after getting clean—these are the things that sell the best soap. Reality, however, is full of tantrums and the mess of sudsy water on the bathroom floor. If that sounds more like your normal vision of your daily routine, if you dare to attempt it at all, then I have some tips for you in this next installment in the Self-Care Chronicles where we will talk about bathing strategies for sensory needs.
God Made the Senses: Bible Verses and Activities
Getting kids to participate in bible studies can be challenging, and with younger children with sensory processing issues it can be that much more difficult. Let’s look at some ways to incorporate God into some engaging sensory activities.
Intro to Bible Learning at Home
Making Bible Study a regular part of your family time can be uncomfortable if it isn’t something you were raised with as a child. It can definitely feel like something better left to a Sunday school teacher. However, God wants the family as a unit to worship Him and pray to Him even outside of the walls of the church. The Church, with a capital “c”, is the Body of Christ. We are to be the Church everywhere we go, including our own homes. This doesn’t mean to plan a sermon or give out pop quizzes, but it does mean to be more intentional about sharing God and the Good News of Salvation with our children.
Think of sharing the Word of God...
10 Christian Parenting Tips for Sensory Super-Heroes
Why can’t we just use traditional parenting methods instead of sensory parenting?
This question can have several different meanings depending on the person who is asking it. A bystander at the market or restaurant may be wondering why your child wasn’t properly disciplined. “Why not a time-out? Take away a toy? Give a spanking?” they might add. A mother or grandmother may want to know why you have shunned your upbringing by using new-wave trends. But a parent of an ASD child or child with other sensory issues may be asking, “Why, oh why is nothing working?” If you are a Christian, you’ve probably heard Proverb 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Try as we may to train our children and teach them right from wrong, it can feel hopeless.
When comparing traditional parenting methods to sensory parenting methods, it...
Did God Make Disabilities?
Seeking the Truth
One thing that has become increasingly popular in our world is the need to find a label for everything. A label for what decade a person was born, a term for what sub-culture your music is associated with, Pluto was a planet but now it’s not though some say it should be—the truth is, we are always looking to use proper vocabulary and titles in nearly every circumstance. This same can be said of God. He has many names and titles in the Bible, but they are all referring to the same Lord. The same can be said of people. Not only do we label one another by location and religion, but also by diagnosis. For a person with a disability, or for a person who cares for someone with a disability, there are so many stigmas and stereotypes being thrown at us from all directions. Doctors, politicians, aunts, uncles, teachers, and the person at the supermarket all seem to know what’s going on. Despite what label you may have been placed...
Scripture and Sensory Processing Disorders
Asking the Hard Questions
As we move forward with modern medicine and treatments, new discoveries and diagnosis, and even renaming old diagnosis as we learn more about the human mind and body, one might think there should be a cure or a treatment to end all problems. The reality though, for those of us with or who love a person with a Sensory Processing Issue, is that we might be leading a life of constant treatments. Constantly seeking therapy, trying new methods, and coping with life in general in the midst of all this can be overwhelming at best. Sometimes, even the best days end with a heavy burden. No matter how hard we may try to accept things as they are and work forward with a positive attitude, that gaping question looms in the mind like a creeping shadow: Why did God let this happen? Why would God make me/my friend/my daughter/my son this way? We ask these questions from a place of hurt and sheer exhaustion, when all the while the...
We’ll uncover hidden processes that could be sabotaging all your best efforts. You’ll leave the session renewed with hope for the future, understood, your faith honoured, and inspired to finally put plans into action for your family that will last a lifetime.