I've discovered something new that really calms my almost 6 year old who has sensory processing disorder. Going to stores is really hard for him. The lights, the people, the sounds, the smells, etc. I've recently discovered that when he gets overstimulated hanging really helps him.
I live 40 miles from all major stores so when we go shopping we have to hit everything we need in one day. Not taking him isn't an option. Not only do I not have anybody to leave him with but we can't work on improving things if he never goes.
Today I was able to keep him from becoming overstimulated and melting down by grabbing onto his hands and picking him up whenever I could tell it was too much. He hasn't been that well behaved in stores... well as long as I can remember. It really helped him.
But now I'm paying the price for lifting my 40 lb 45" son off of the ground by his hands all day. My shoulders are massively painful and swollen from it.
The pushing doesn't work it has to be a full stretch from the hands.
Any ideas of how we can do this in public and save my poor back?
on Apr. 16, 2013 at 1:28 AM