Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer time and the livin' is easy....

So I took my son to swimming lessons this week.  He definitely needs to learn how to swim.  Here in Houston, it is HOT and we spend a lot of time in the pool during the summer.  We found a teacher who is known as "The Swim Nazi" because we have taken lessons at the Y two summers in a row and all R5 did was smile at the teacher and then they would pull him around the pool.  No more coddling at swimming lessons and seems to be making some progress.  One more week of lessons and maybe he will swim in the pool without a pool noodle.  At 6 years old, he should be able to.

Today, while I was sitting at swimming lessons, there was another mother there with her 3 year old son.  He appeared to have his own sensory issues.  He did not like anyone looking at him or talking to him.  The child had never been to mother's day out and still drinks out of a bottle.  He would not even let his own grandmother take him for a walk without crying the whole time.  His grandmother appeared very nice too.  My question is, should I tell people like this about SPD or should I leave well enough alone?  I did tell her about my son's sensory issues but I left it at that.  I also told her that it appeared that her son had sensory issues of his own.  Maybe she will look it up on the internet herself?  I did not want to bee TOO pushy but it pains me to see kids like this who could blossom!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I am starting to see improvement!

Last week, we went to Benihana in downtown Houston.  I thought it would be fun for the kids to watch as the food was cooked before their eyes.  Having two picky eaters, I did not expect either of them to eat anything but plain rice.  So I ask my daughter what she wants and her answer is "plain rice".  My son however says, "I want shrimp!"  This child has never even mentioned shrimp before.  I am thinking, "How cute!  He ordered shrimp, but he is not going to eat it!"  Guess what!  The little guy ate several shrimp along with some grilled corn. 

Yesterday, we tried the new Chinese buffet at our local mall.  I am thinking he will probably eat chicken nuggets and french fries.  He asks for....CRAWFISH!!  We are talking shell and all...  I said, "Daddy will be happy to help you with that!"  (I did NOT want to touch that crawfish!)  So my husband takes the little piece of meat from the tail end of the crawfish and puts it on my son's plate.  The little guy puts it on his spoon, smells it, looks at it, AND EATS IT! 

From what I can figure all of this therapy that he has been going to and the tutoring are helping in other areas besides fine motor, gross motor, and reading.  I asked his reading tutor today (who has a PhD in psychology too I believe), and she said that his self confidence is up.  I am so happy to see this change in his attitude! :)

Monday, June 14, 2010

School is out for the Summer!

School has been out for a week now.  I have been spending way more time with my kids especially my son, "R5".  I have seen where he has improved in many ways but I am also seeing new Sensory Processing Disorder symptoms.  He loathes hot food and almost prefers it cold.  The water in the bathtub or shower has to be almost cold.  Also, he has to have a beach towel on the back of his seat in the car if we are going to the pool and he just has on his swim trunks.  Why?  The seat is hot!  These symptoms seem to be getting worse, not better.  He does not like extreme cold either.  He often tells me "Cold is hot!"  Luckily, I understand that he has SPD and have the patience to deal with this.  If it keeps up, we may have to have therapy for the aversion to temperature.  Right now, he is in OT and PT for strength and writing as well as reading tutoring. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Wabi-sabi and our SPD children

Have any of you heard of the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi?  Wabi-sabi (?) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete" Koren, Leonard (1994). Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers. Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 1-880656-12-4.  When I first read about this concept, I thought of my two children with SPD.  They are so wonderfully imperfect!!  Also, I realize that recently, I have been thinking of life in this way...nothing is perfect!  My home will never be perfect, my family will never be perfect, and I will never be perfect.  Let's all embrace our imperfect kids and their quirks.  Yes, they are different.  Yes, they have different personalities than other children.  So what?  Nothing is perfect. :)

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