As a special needs parent for over a decade, I’m all to familiar with overstimulation and meltdowns around the holidays. I’ve learned over the last 10 years or so, that we can experience what I call fallout, for days after a triggering event.
Fallout is what I call the meltdowns, sleepless nights and other behavioral issues that are the direct result of an overstimulating event, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween or anything else that is sensory taxing.
Emmett’s been melting down on and off today and Elliott’s had a ton of attitude and a few meltdowns as well. Gavin spent most of the day in bed, either sleeping or watching Netflix on his tablet.
I hope that we can help the boys sorta defuse before Monday.
To do this, we will employ a sensory diet where we keep everything really low key and almost boring. This will help to prevent anyone from getting an more amped up, at least in theory.
It’s important for people to know that even when a special needs child seems to do well at an event, like Thanksgiving for example, doesn’t mean that there won’t be problems over the next few days as a result of overstimulation. This is just an example of what special needs parents are trying to avoid by limiting their kids exposure to events that are likely to be overstimulating.
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