#Autism, overload and the sensory diet

My kids are on complete sensory overload. Gavin doesn’t even have a fuse anymore.  He’s like a really old and very unstable stick of dynamite.  Anything and everything can set him off.

When he goes off to the land of the meltdown,  it’s very intense,  loud and terrifying for his little brother’s.

Elliott is still in a manic state from the reaction to his anti-anxiety meds.  He beyond a handful right now.  His mood is swinging back and forth faster then anyone can react to it.  He took about 6 hours to fall asleep last night and that was with melatonin.

Emmett is bullying Gavin and Elliott both.  He is stealing toys, blankets and even kicking people.  He has even been stripping Elliott’s bed and running away with his sheets.

I have no idea what is going on with the kids.  I mean,  I know what’s going on with Elliott but Emmett and Gavin are a mystery. I suspecting they are overstimulated but I’m not sure what is causing it. 

We have been allowing Gavin to help Elliott with the 3DS and maybe that’s what is pushing him over the edge.

I’m also wondering if the weather is contributing to this as well.  We’re in the middle of a winter storm and so with all the snow,  it’s reflecting a great deal of light.  This is making the house very bright and I know that could be a problem.

We have also become pretty lacks with TV time since the van was stolen.  They have been watching a lot of Rug Rats & Phineas and Ferb.

I think that we are in desperate need of an emergency sensory diet.

This will require making some drastic changes.  These changes will involve removing TV and Video Games. We will also have to attempt to slow everything down. 

Perhaps,  some relaxing music, story time and maybe even a board game. 

The whole point would be to significantly reduce,  lights, noise and anxiety.  I need them to be as relaxed as much as possible. Gavin is in need of this the most right now but I think everyone will benefit from it. 

I’ll let you all know how it goes.

We need to cut out as many sources of stimulation as possible.

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Rob Gorski

Full time, work from home single Dad to my 3 amazing boys. Oh...and creator fo this blog. :-)
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We do heavy work as well. I have Jon and Matthew push against me and tell them I want them to try to push me over. Chris needs bear hugs and a quick push down on his shoulders.