Friday, April 10, 2015

Turbo sensory defensive?

I'm writing this on my blog because I don't know where else to write it to remember it, and if I don't write it down I won't remember. I think my third child is sensory defensive-- easily overwhelmed.
Sometimes we wonder if nicknaming him Turbo as an infant was a grave error on our part.
We've known something was up for a while, the boy can be as happy as a clam one minute the next minute no second he is running around in circles screaming. His switch is so quickly you almost don't realize its happened until he half way through his second lap. Our sweetest happiest baby developed anxiety a little over a year old, it peaked at 15 months settled around 18 months then sky-rocked around 20 months when he went on the nebulizer.

Whenever I come across an article on children and sensory processing disorder I read it because sometimes they give helpful hints for my daughter. Like this one, holy smokes having her chew gum in church night and day difference. Game Changer.  The other day I read one titled Creating Sensory Diets at Home. Finally I knew what was going on with Turbo.
 Easily Overwhelmed (Sensory Defensive)Sensory defensiveness refers to a tendency to overreact to routine sensory (tactile, auditory, visual, movement) stimuli. We have two ways of responding to sensory input. The higher, more mature response is discrimination, which allows us to immediately interpret what the stimuli is and whether or not we need to respond to it. The more basic, survival-oriented response is a protective fight, flight, fright, or freeze reaction. Children with sensory defensiveness tend to be operating more in a survival mode, with stimuli being interpreted as threatening or annoying. Consult with an occupational therapist (OT) about implementing a deep pressure protocol program.Read more at
All of a sudden I knew what he was doing, he spends half of his life in flight or fight reaction. Something doesn't go the way he planned. Someone touches a toy he thinks is his, he doesn't like the noise something is making, he gets unwanted attention, someone is singing a song he doesn't like, I turn on the radio, he didn't expect that youtube video, we start driving on the on ramp of the interstate, he is either complete jello screaming or running around screaming literally in circles. If you try to contain him then he is kick and screaming with all his might. Let me assure you after holding him for breathing treatments, diaper changes, and shots, if he doesn't want to be held it takes every ounce of my body to contain that child. I've never had such a strong child under stress. Actually I've spend time around a wide variety of children and I can only think of one child that was harder to contain that my Turbo, but this child was 4 not two.

 The other day the front door was open because it was a nice day. He was standing up playing, and something fell from his hands, the next thing I knew he had run out the door screaming and was half way around the yard before I knew what was happening, by the time he had turned in his circle he was calm enough to come in the house and complain. (Calm enough to complain, not calm.) I feel bad for him his stress has to be through the roof, I don't want to think about his cortisol levels.

I've gotten pretty good at helping my daughter relate to the world through the way she responses to her sensory processing disorder but I honestly know nothing about sensory defensive I've never read about it because its not her. So now I have to research....
Like I said I found out about it completely on accident I was reading the article for my daughter. I kept looking into anxiety for kids but it was completely useless they were all written for children over 4, not for a two year.

Lastly, most days Turbo is fine, sometimes defensive but mostly a normal kid. Other days he is angry/defensive nonstop. I've found an essential oil blend that makes a huge difference. But by this point he is so defensive, I have to chase him down, hold him down as he is screaming to rub it on his chest. Once I get it on him he quickly calms down, but I have to brace myself before we use it. I get it from Butterfly Express, its called Sego Lily,
INGREDIENTS: copaiba balsam, grapefruit, rosewood, vanilla
AFFINITY FOR: skin, heart chakra, emotional health
EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: The aromatic influence of LeSego Lily is, in part, to bring a feeling of calmness during a crisis or when feeling anxious and out of sorts. LeSego Lily also promotes a feeling of being loved and appreciated. Its aroma often inspires us to show love and appreciation to others.
PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Physically, LeSego Lily is a blend for skin care and health. It promotes skin elasticity and may seem to slow the process of aging as it nourishes the skin and smooths out wrinkles. LeSego Lily is used to bring relief from the itching of hives and allergic rashes. When used for this purpose, a more emollient carrier oil containing jojoba, apricot, or rosehip oil would be beneficial.
As a plus I use whatever is left on my hands after putting it on him and lightly rub it on my face to decrease any fine lines that have started to pop up in the last year. Totally works.

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