Our little boy Enrique has a strong reaction to any sensory things. We are becoming more and more aware of when he is reacting to surroundings and are trying to eliminate some of these from him. We are limiting the grocery store trips and when we have people (other then family) around. However my biggest question right now is how do we deal with the every day things that irritate him, like meal times -(Lots of sound and smells and textures!!) and he often has a massive tantrum about the bath and other times it's fine...... I feel that he reacts a lot because he finds all his surroundings so hard to process and i'd like to know just what to try so it becomes easier for him to be around places that are going to be loud or unpredictable in smell/lights/volume?!
One example of his behaviors is he will hide himself in he floor rug or under the couch. Sometimes he'll pretend he has a sign with 'writting' on it that he says it says 'don't come in here' or i'm a solder and this is my sheild'. I feel that the 'sign' is his way of trying to put something up to just block out what is going on, and he same really goes for when he rolls himself under something. I just want to find some way to make him realize that we are okay with what his doing and also help him to find words that maybe decribe how he's feeling.
He turns 5 this january and we really want to be able to send him to school - even part time- in the fall. I know that to send him like he is now would be a cruel and unusal punishment.