Quoting EmmaGrace:" Will she let you scratch her back? My daughter loves it and it almost always relaxes her."
she loves having it done.....but once she's in her meltdown zone you cannot touch her and trying to talk to her seems like she just cannot understand anything you say. :(
Oh, and have you tried chiropractic care? That helps my daughter.
One more tip: Lithium Orotate. If you don't know what it is...research it! :) Has cut down on my daughter's melt-downs by about 80%!! She doesn't have them nearly as much, and when she does, they aren't as violent.
I lied...one more tip: (lol) Clay baths. Powdered Bentonite Clay...sprinkle some under running water. Put some powder in a bowl by the bath. She can add a little water into the bowl to make a paste, and paint it all over...face, arms, chest, hair (it washes out easily!) Clay absorbs toxins, plus the "texture play" is very good for sensory processing kiddos!
Good luck to you....I can relate. It's very difficult getting your ears screamed into and hit and kicked while trying to calm a sensory child. :(
Quoting EmmaGrace:" Oh, and have you tried chiropractic care? That helps my daughter. One more tip: Lithium Orotate. If ... [snip!] ... can relate. It's very difficult getting your ears screamed into and hit and kicked while trying to calm a sensory child. :("
i have never tried chiropractic care. what is that?
and i will research the others though! I'm willing to try a lot lol
Quoting ~Hayden's~Mommy~:" i have never tried chiropractic care. what is that? and i will research the others though! I'm willing to try a lot lol"
Chiropractic adjustments...it can really help.
Quoting EmmaGrace:" Chiropractic adjustments...it can really help. "
i will have to look into that as well! thanks for the suggestions!
Quoting ~Hayden's~Mommy~:" today was the first time i tried and she just flipped out even more. yelling "no no no get off mommy" i just wish her OT was coming this week :( "
You May have to Suck it Up. I DO Personally know How Painful & in countless ways it is for Momma.
As you know Keep Calm, Steady & Control in Your Outter Presence.
Hug Her Tight From Behind (Make Sure You keep You Nose & eyes out of her way). With her Arms Contained in the hug. Also make sure you're sitting somewhere where she can Struggle, But she can't get her Feet or Hands on anything to use as Leverage.
Keep Reassuring her You Love her, You you are Hugging her Because She Needs to get herself Calm & In control, You don't want to Her to Hurt herself, & hurting Anyone or Anything you know Does end up with her Hurting, That the More she Relaxes & Calms down, the Lighter the Hug will be, but the More she Fights it, the Tighter You will Hug her. That She is in Control, that the calmer she get's the less she Fights, the Lighter the Touch, but the More she struggles, the Tighter the Hug will get again. Also ask her if she is able to use her words & tell you what is going on, why & How of her Feelings. Validate whatever she tells you as long as it's Not Abusive. If she says she Won't tell her she doesn't have to, but You would like her to. Keep Reaffirming that You Love her no matter what.
DO NOT LET GO until she has managed to fully calm herself.
Try to get her to talk to you about it after it is all Done. Keep Calm, Steady, & in control of yourself. You Can't Help her if You're Not All "There". Keep Reassuring her that You Love her. & It is NOT wrong after to let her Know that Sometimes You are scared for Her, as well as Really Sad for her.
Also just so you are aware, She may very well Be completely Not In control of Any part of herself, Brain, Body, Emotions or anything else until she has been off those Pain Meds for Upwards of a Week. After being off the Meds she may go right back to the way You are used to her being.
I Had to do this For My Little Cousin today, He's 6, & over 50lbs. And from the sound of it, I was the First one to Bear/Anaconda Hug him. He even Thanked me for it after. My Mom "Knows" I have done this many many times with My Son, But she had Never seen me actually DO It before today. I Love My Little Cousin's VERY Much & when they are with me they are treated, the EXACT Same as My Own Kids. & In-fact they are Much to me as My Step-Son was, which is No Different than My Own Children, only I have No say in what Ultimately happens to them, or when They are/aren't In My Life.
A Good Chiropractor can Help too, But avoid those that use the Jerky Movements, Twists & Other contortions directly to the Body, particularly to the Head/neck. They can do some serious & Permanent damage VERY easy. & With a SPD kid, it is Highly likely it would be too Much Touch, & yet not enough. Which leads to another Potential Aid, a Masseuse(Massage person). But you'll need the Same one every time, & to work up in 5 minute increments to a half hour to an hour, doing the same movements every time, in the same pattern, just adding New ones as the time get's longer. I have also heard of Good Success with Proper Acupressure/Acupuncture, but again you need the Same person every time. & If they can do it in the same Room with everything the same, even the Music & Lights every time it may help even more.
Once they get to the point of fight or flight it is very hard to help a child calm all the way down, and it's so easy to set that off again.
If she already has SPD, and had her adenoids out her sense of self awareness will be even more thrown off.. I suggest making sure she has plenty of access to swinging, crashing, jumping, hiding when she isn't upset. Also make sure she has an oral sensory tool, a camelback water bottle is great for this, or something else to bite chew.
When she is in meltdown I would try to limit things that will trigger her more, tv off flourecent lights off (even in another room as they tend to hum and flicker)
Ice is great to help calm down
Does she want to be held or not? If she wants to be held, I would hold her and rock, or swey or even sit on a excersize ball, depends on how she tolerates that it could be just slowly moving or hard bouncing,
Something heavy, like a blanket, on her will help too
And have a space with lots of pillows for her to squish into...
thanks ladies... this all really helps!
since having her tonsils and adenoids out she cannot do any type of swinging or jumping for awhile :( so thats making it very hard right now. She doesn't want to be touched or talked to....but will come and sit in front of me to flip out. then when i try to help it sets her off even more.
i cannot wait for her first OT appt this monday!
Quoting ~Hayden's~Mommy~:" thanks ladies... this all really helps! since having her tonsils and adenoids out she cannot do any ... [snip!] ... front of me to flip out. then when i try to help it sets her off even more. i cannot wait for her first OT appt this monday! "
Did the sit and spin help last night? I hope you got some sleep and she got to feeling a little better!