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I love a good parody on motherhood and this one doesn't fail to put a smile on your face and a good laugh.
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For a long time I was adamant that I didn't want my son labeled with autism / aspergers so I didn't seek a diagnosis for him.
It was just that I didn't see a point, it wasn't going to change our situation. It was abundantly clear what his struggles were. We continually research and research ways to help him and put them into practice and I must say we have done so well to get him to where he is today.
My little Miss Moo aged 4 was recently diagnosed with ASD, in particular with SPD (sensory processing disorder). I have since done loads of research on what it means and how it presents.
The disorder is basically the brains inability to filter out the nervous systems messages and work them out into some kind of order or message in the brain. This is what leads to Sensory Overload and where it can cause problems.
Sensory Overload occurs when the person is unable to process or manage the sensory stimuli in their environment leading to an overload in the brain. There are 3 areas that contribute to the overload of stimui:
1. Increased amount of stimuli internally, such as anxiety or pain
2. Increased amount of external stimuli, such as a noisy environment, contact with strangers, touch of objects or material
3. Inability to disregard selectively the influx of stimuli to the brain due to nervous system distributions
This in turn prevents the brain from ignoring those signals and responding to them appropriately. The environment around the person being perceived differently. This results in the persons thoughts racing around their body and too their minds, in way that is too fast for them to handle and get a grasp on and causes restlesness in their body. This leaves the person feeling overwhelmed, cognitively overloaded and not in control. The constant overload leaves the body feeling fatigued. This whole process leaves the person with the inability to take in more information or concentrate for long periods of time (Harvey, 2012).
It can present itself as:
* Complaints of fatigue, sleeplessness
* Irritability, anxiety, restlessness
* General or periods of disorientation
* Reduced problem solving ability and ability to perform tasks
* Increased muscle tension
* Scattered attention and racing thought.
Unfortunately this disorder can present itself as an out control child, or one who has major tantrums. But for Missy Moo 4, I have been able to see from a very early age that she struggled with socks, shoes, pants, undies and touching her hair. For people to meet Missy Moo 4, outside of our house would not see what is going on in her mind. She has already overloaded from that morning just trying to get out of the house. It takes her 1 and 1/2 hours to get her dressed while we work through whats working for her that day. And yep some days even her favourite low seam bond socks, favourite runners, favourite shorts just wont cut it. On those days I have to be extra smart in distracting her to tie her hair, when she starts screaming 'ITS NOT TIGHT ENOUGH!" While trying to rip her hair out, Ive learnt to give her a little tickle, get her teddy and start talking in a funny voice, picking her up and giving her a squeezy hug to try and lessen the nerves shooting around her body.
But its already too late for her, her senses are overloaded and her brain has lost its ability to take in more information or to be honest, for her to give a shit about anything. This in turn makes it damn near impossible to get her to understand anything or to understand our rules in the house. It also stops her from initiating play, she is one who normally has a great imagination and loves playing with her lil woodez dolls in her room, but when she cant even do that, she will plop herself on the floor and start crying about wanting to be a baby and having a dummy. (Mind you she has never had a dummy!)
As she leads towards 5, she is getting a little easier, In fact yesterday we had a whole tantrum free day. All because she was happy with her clothing options and her hair had already been put in a plait the night before (I just put blueberry leave in conditioner spray to smooth it down ha ha) . She is slowly learning how to calm herself and this morning when she had one shoe on and was negotiating the senses of putting on the other sock, she called out to me for a hug. I know in this instant this is her way of calming her senses. She gave me a long hug and then went back to putting on her sock.
Harvey, S 2012, ‘Promoting Psychosocial Health’, in A. Berman A, Snyder S, Levett-Jones T, Dwyer T, Hales M, Harvey H, Luxford Y, Moxham L, Park T, Parker B, Reid-Searl K and Stanley D (eds), Kozier and Erb’s Fundamentals of Nursing, 2nd Edition, Vol. 3, Pearson Australia, Australia
Here is a great video which explains Sensory Overload in Autism.
Thanks for reading. K
Recently I realised that my sons ASD was bigger than me. That is was going to take a community to help a child and that we couldnt just try and manage this on our own at home, especially at the end of the day when school had finished and the usual meltdowns started. Up until school we had always been able to progress him through life and assist him on a daily basis, but when he started school I felt I lost all control to help him and this absolutely frightened me, as no one knew our son as well as we did.
So I started to do my research to ensure I was prepared for the school, because lets face it, sometimes they have not been educated in the area of Autism and even if they had, no one child with ASD has the same requirements. This is where I came across a fantastic resource that the Australian Government provide called Positive Partnerships. They have plenty of resources for parents, carers and teachers.
They have plenty of webinars to better educate yourself and workshops throughout Queensland. But the bit that was most useful for me was the Planning sheets and storyboards that I used to take to my sons school. I felt I needed to be the one who drove his education, continued to be his advocate and ensured there was responsibility from the school to ensure they helped him reach his goals. Whilst I have the up most respect for the school and teachers, I felt in this area I needed to always be one step ahead of them and better educated on this than them, I just needed them to work with me to ensure his future whilst he was in there care.
Positive Partnership explain the planning matrix as:
What does it do?
The planning matrix enables parents, teachers and others working with a school age student with autism to create a snapshot of the individual by:
So I suggest downloaded these plans and work through them. Also head to the positive parenting website and read some more information there. (link below)
I would then suggest asking for fortnightly meetings to begin with, with your SEP programmer to ensure there is accountability of your childs education. You could point out the website on the bottom of the forms and suggest they head to the 'teacher and school' area of the website for more information on how they could assist your child.
Best of luck and as always please feel free to leave a comment below.
If your child is anything like my 4 year old then you want to read this post!
Our 4 year olds nick names are: The silent assassin and the stealth ninja. We have deliberatlely left a creek in her door so that we can hear when she comes out of her room. We like the creek in her floor boards and know which one to step over when getting our of her room, but she doesnt. So when she gets up in the middle of the night, I know what she is up to. But even then our little stealth ninja has been able to dodge our natural made booby traps to escape her room and was found jumping on the trampoline in the middle of the night.
Unlike my other ASD child this one has no fear of anything!!! So im dreading her going to school. She beautifully says "oh wow look at that pretty butterfly" and would enquisitively follow it out of the school and down the road without giving it a thought. She would be thinking after all, dont all kids do that?
Our house is like fort knox, no getting in or getting out. Once your in my house for the night there is no getting out (well unless your an adult with keys). Dont worry its not a fire safety hazard, for us adults there are quick ways to get out.
So it got me thinking, there are some fantastic devices out there now, to keep track of your kids without it being to intrusive. So here goes my list. (please feel free to let me know if you have any more you know of)
I have always considered myself to be a very resilient person. If I was to measure it on a scale my resilience to life would always be up around the 90-95% mark to be able to weather the ups and downs in my life.
Hand in hand with high resilience is the know self-awareness we carry. I know that Im a strong person, I know that I will give it my best shot, I know I will bounce back and move on if it doesnt work out, I know I have the support or will find the support to get me through the hurdles. It is this self-awareness that has helped me through most of my life.
I felt now was the time to share with you my journey of genetic testing in our family. Luckily for us, it didn't turn out badly, but my heart goes out to all those families who are dealing with Cystic Fibrosis on a daily battle.
"Female Fatigue is the most common 'silent disease' of women" - Elizabeth Weiss
That is certainly the case for me, I feel I could achieve so much more if I just wasn’t so damn tired all the time. I would be able to get out of bed early like I used to and get myself doing some exercise before the kids woke up, I would be able to get through my work day without having to drain my brain even more because I cant concentrate, therefore have to try extra hard to concentrate, I could be calm and cool when I get home
This morning I just sat.
I just sat an enjoyed the view.
I just sat and let the Seabreeze run straight into my face, I breathed it in and let is go right into my lungs.
So today would have to be one of my worst so far.
After being on progesterone for a month, my weight has ballooned even more. It's so depressing.
The hardest thing is that the heavier I get the worse my hormones feel and the worse my body feels. My ankles and knees really hurt today because I made myself walk a 20 minute round trip to uni today.
Hi I'm Kellie.