During one of the many visits to the library a few weeks past I perused the “New Titles” section hoping to find a historical romance novel (my favorite turn off the brain and veg books) and about started jumping for joy, not because I found a new book by a favored author – but something infinitely more. On the shelf I discovered “The Sensory Child Gets Organized: Proven Systems for Rigid, Anxious, or Distracted Kids” By Carolyn Dalgliesh. Um, that is my kid to a tee.
Two years ago I began thinking about a sensory diet for him that would meet his sensory needs at home. I’m still thinking about that diet, and in many ways I feel like I have failed him. Those that know me can attest that I am sometimes super hard on myself and set too high expectations. Then, when those expectations are trampled under the feet of everyday life I become overwhelmed and shut down. This past summer I shut down BIG TIME and am now waking up and working diligently to get everyone back on a reasonable track – especially in lieu of the emotional crisis our little guy has been struggling through recently.
Carolyn Dalgliesh is a professional organizer, and the mother of a sensory needs child. As I work through her book and organize my sensory sensitive family I want to share my journey. I plan on writing an outline of the goals I want to accomplish, give myself homework, and follow up so that I have something to be accountable too – and I have always heard that getting others involved in that accountability makes the road to success more achievable.
- Learn the triggers and behavior patterns – Using a variety of observations, journaling, and analyzing the ABC’s of those behaviors.
- What are my families sensory challenges and needs (lets face it, Chase isn’t the only one that has sensory needs in our familiy)
- Tap into our individual learning styles
- What triggers our undesirable behaviors (Um, I have some heavy hitting ones that sometimes leads me into what my step son has dubbed “the hulk”)
- What calms us down?
- What are our family goals in regards to dealing with our sensory needs?
- Organizing Bedrooms (we have three)
- Organizational systems for work, play, and the much needed CHILL OUT ZONES (and each of us needs to have them)
- Building Structure and Routine.
- Dealing with our lack of executive function and time management.
- Creating a tool bag for behavior escalations.
- Dealing with change in routine.
- Surviving holidays and dealing with the inevitable chaos.
- Creating positive reinforcement that works
- Learn to live on the seat of our pants
- Creating a Sensory Diet that is flexible and ever evolving.