Once again, Sensory Processing issues interfere with life



These sensory issues are absolutely killing me as a parent and I’m not even the one having to physically experience them. I can’t image what it’s like for Emmett. 

We tried and tried to help Emmett work through his sensitivity to anything on his feet but we were unable to make it happen this morning. 

It’s extremely frustrating for Lizze and I as parents because we know that he needs to be at school. It’s even more frustrating for Emmett because he wants to be at school but his body is making that very, very difficult for him. 

We were somewhat pressed for time this morning because we were already late, Elliott needed to get to school and Gavin needed to have his bloodwork done first thing. 



The bottom line is that Emmett didn’t make it to school today. 

When I dropped Elliott off, I spoke with the school and no one’s overly concerned about him missing right now because this isn’t something anyone has any control over. 



Academically he so far ahead, these misses don’t impact him one way or the other. There’s no social concerns either. 

Having said that, this is still an obvious problem and in the back of my mind, I’m worried about things like truancy or how he’s going to manage this when he gets older. 

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Did you have issues with him yesterday morning when he had a field trip? I know that his issues are very real, but it really does seem like he has at least a tiny bit of control over them. It might be worth setting new ‘daytime’ rules in the house for when he’s home for sensory issues. You can stay home, but there is no tablet or tv until the time when school is out. And I asked this before and it got buried in the comments, but when he’s home, why not have school at home? Surely his teachers… Read more »

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Hey Kim, I hope it’s okay to nest this comment under yours – I can’t seem to post otherwise. I love all of your suggestions, by the way! I know this has been frustrating and exhausting for all of you. I’m wondering if, while this is partially due to SPD, is it possible that – whether consciously or otherwise – what started as SPD has morphed into a combination of that, plus the “secondary gain” of all of the attention that he gets in the morning/the bag of tricks, and the attention and whatever other benefits he gains from missing… Read more »

Jimmy Rock
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Interesting suggestion by Gracie above. Although my guess would be that there’s not really an attention seeking component here, I do think, generally speaking, that Gracie (and Kim too) is on to something regarding your approach to Emmett’s sensory challenges. If you feel you’re doing all you can with the SPD, then turn your focus to the component of the challenge which may be within your control to help him change — the psychological component. I know you have a handle on the understanding of SPD, and because of that understanding, the fact that you would resort, at times, to… Read more »

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BeckyW

Interesting. My girlfriend’s son has sensory processing issues. He’s grown now, but she was just mentioning to me that sometimes when combing his hair when he was young, he got upset and it hurt him and he cried and cried. Reminded me of your situation.

kimmy gebhardt
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kimmy gebhardt

Did you have issues with him yesterday morning when he had a field trip? I know that his issues are very real, but it really does seem like he has at least a tiny bit of control over them. It might be worth setting new ‘daytime’ rules in the house for when he’s home for sensory issues. You can stay home, but there is no tablet or tv until the time when school is out. And I asked this before and it got buried in the comments, but when he’s home, why not have school at home? Surely his teachers… Read more »

Gracie
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Gracie

Hey Kim, I hope it’s okay to nest this comment under yours – I can’t seem to post otherwise. I love all of your suggestions, by the way! I know this has been frustrating and exhausting for all of you. I’m wondering if, while this is partially due to SPD, is it possible that – whether consciously or otherwise – what started as SPD has morphed into a combination of that, plus the “secondary gain” of all of the attention that he gets in the morning/the bag of tricks, and the attention and whatever other benefits he gains from missing… Read more »

Jimmy Rock
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Jimmy Rock

Interesting suggestion by Gracie above. Although my guess would be that there’s not really an attention seeking component here, I do think, generally speaking, that Gracie (and Kim too) is on to something regarding your approach to Emmett’s sensory challenges. If you feel you’re doing all you can with the SPD, then turn your focus to the component of the challenge which may be within your control to help him change — the psychological component. I know you have a handle on the understanding of SPD, and because of that understanding, the fact that you would resort, at times, to… Read more »

BeckyW
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BeckyW

Interesting. My girlfriend’s son has sensory processing issues. He’s grown now, but she was just mentioning to me that sometimes when combing his hair when he was young, he got upset and it hurt him and he cried and cried. Reminded me of your situation.