Monday, March 14, 2011

We're in sensory HELL


Ashlea is having a lot of sensory issues at the moment.

To say they are trying my patience is an understatement.  Even her beloved preschool teacher is finding it hard going at times.

We are increasing our OT sessions to weekly and trying to do lots of sensory stuff with Ashlea.  I am even looking into getting one of those therapy swings installed in our house!  If all else fails we are going to try brushing.  I had already planned to take a week off work during the Easter school holidays - it looks like I may have to spend that time brushing Ashlea - every 20 minutes.

By the end of it I may well be the one screaming!

We have taken a brush home from OT today to 'try it out' once a day and see how Ashlea tolerates it.  If it goes well we will make a plan for when to officially start brushing therapy.

Anyone done it?  Successfully?  All advice on dealing with Sensory Integration issues gratefully accepted!!

9 comments:

Anna said...

We haven't ever done brushing therapy, but I know a lot of kids that it has helped. Have you tried weighted blankets? Ryley goes through phases where he seems to need more sensory input, though we seem to manage it by going on the swing, trampoline and having lots of squeezy hugs. It is hard work though. Could Ashlea be having a growth spurt? For Ryley whenever he has a growth spurt everything goes haywire.
Hope you can get out of sensory hell asap. Thinking of you.

Big brother, Little sister. said...

Alison that picture is priceless. May you return to calm land very very soon and enjoy your Easter break without too much brushing xoox much love to you xo I like the idea of a weighted blanket and am more than happy to have a go at making one too! :)

Carolin said...

a friend from church has tried brushing therapy successfully

Anonymous said...

Brushing is one of the best ever therapies we have done with our daughter. She was 3.5'ish, and we brushed every 2 hours.....for I think 12 weeks? Her school also would brush her every two hours. By about an hour and a half, she would start to ramp up, and we'd know it was time again. It was so worth the extra 5 minutes - she loved it, and it made her functional. After all the time spent dealing with all the sensory challenges, stopping to brush for a couple minutes, and then having a nice time doesn't seem like an inconvenience at all. After the 2 hour thing, we carried the brush with us for months - we'd use it before going into any situation that might overload her, or that we needed her to 'behave' a little. She loved it so much, she still asks for it from time to time....and it's been 5 years - she's 8 now.

Lacey said...

Sounds like it might work great! Tanner didn't have that bad of sensory issues. Although my little friend Jonah has MAJOR sensory issues. Her blog is on mine. Its Live,Laugh,Love

Lavania said...

i'm sorry to hear abt what you are going thru and i dont have much knowledge about all this but i'll pray 4 u so dat u can pull thru..

ferfischer said...

So how's it going? We do brushing with Cici - 3 times a day now. She had major sensory stuff when she got home from the hospital and we've done brushing ever since. I do think it's helped a lot. I didn't think it was every 20 min to start though, I thought it was every 2 hours? We also have a weighted blanket - LOVE it! I have a friend that makes them - let me know if you are interested!

Davilyn said...

My son has sensory issues and one of the first things our OT suggested was brushing. It has been very helpful and he really enjoys it now. I love that he even asks for it when things start getting overwhelming and I can see a visable difference in him when we are done. Calmer, quieter, more focused. He especially loves his feet to be brushed and brushing has become a very enjoyable part of his bedtime ritual. "Heavy Work" is also helpful...are you familiar with this? I am currently reading "Sensational Kids" by Lucy Jane Miller and it has very realistic and helpful interventions based on the sensory issues of the child. Keep faith and keep trying, what Ashlea needs is out there and you will find it!

Alison said...

Thanks everyone. So far the brushing is working well. Ashlea really likes it :)