I have been wanting to create calm out of chaos as far back as my memory can reach. I am the oldest of six kids and we moved ALOT growing up. Now that I am married and have three children that chaos continues. One of my favorite scriptures in the New Testament deals how Jesus Christ calmed the raging sea. As I watch my family struggle on a daily basis with our own individual needs I am comforted to know that the tempest of our daily lives can be transformed with the hushed words “Peace, be still” Mark 4: 39.
Here I will write my my plan, how I meet my goals, and the not so shining moments as we attempt to create routine and organization
- 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.