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I recently wrote a post about why I don’t explain SPD to most people. I still hold true to that concept, BUT, like most rules there is usually an exception.
When it comes to explaining sensory differences, I find it difficult for many reasons;
1. My son doesn’t have an official diagnosis at this point (more on that another day)
2. So few people understand sensory differences
3. It is not an accepted diagnosis by pediatricians and medical doctors
Despite these difficulties, I find it important for people who care for my son for any length of time to understand sensory differences and how they affect him. His reactions are more exaggerated than most kids’, the time it takes to calm him down might be longer than other kids, the way he calms down looks very different from other kids. Without an understanding of sensory differences, people think he is “weird,” “quirky,” or “lacks discipline” …none of which are true. In order to truly understand and appreciate my son, a person needs a general understanding of sensory differences.
Up until now I would write notes to teachers explaining, as best I could, his sensory triggers and calming strategies. His preschool teacher last year was so sweet and wonderful. At the beginning of the school year, I took a few minutes to talk to her after she had read my note about his sensory differences. She didn’t seemed bothered or excited about it at all and said “he’s a boy! and he’s four!” While I get that, he also has more than just four year old boy tendencies. As time went on she came back to me and said “I noticed that when he got upset he went to the swing, now I see what you are talking about.” YEP! She understood what I had tried to verbalize to her a few months prior.
Looking back I wish I had access to a resource that made explaining sensory differences a lot easier. Lucky for each of you, my friend from My Mundane and Miraculous Life has created a FANTASTIC resource to help with situations just like the one I just shared.
This pamphlet is PERFECT for giving to teachers, caregivers, church leaders, babysitters, or anyone who really just doesn’t understand. The previously listed obstacles are all handled through this brochure; 1. Don’t have an official diagnosis? Its ok! The brochure explains that ALL people have sensory differences, some are just more apparent than others. 2. People don’t understand SPD. That’s ok, there is a brief and effective explanation on the first page of the pamphlet. 3. It’s not an accepted diagnosis which makes it hard to sound credible when explaining how sensory differences affects your child’s behavior. This pamphlet explains each sensory system and how it functions, leaving spaces for a mom to fill in blanks and let a person know exactly which triggers affect her child. The credibility is in the pamphlet.
I am very careful with the products I promote here on this blog. I only promote those things I feel are beneficial to me and could help my readers as well. This product has gone to the top of my recommendation list as I feel it can be so useful and helpful for any mom who has a child with sensory differences. I have printed it out myself and plan to hand it to my son’s teacher on our first meeting. Rather than a scattered verbal explanation, I now have a professional looking resource to back me up and help others understand my sweet son.