Meet our oldest of four children Caleb. He is a video gaming, sports playing energetic pre-teen. He would rather play video games like FortNite then clean his room. But he is the first to offer help, and is very kind to everyone.
At a very young age we knew Caleb had Sensory Processing Disorder, but he was not formally diagnosed until he was 8 years old. He was then at the age of 10 diagnosed with Dyslexia. The reason for a later diagnosis was because of the common answer from professionals he would “grow out of it.” And he can read so he does not have Dyslexia. This is a common misconception of Sensory Processing Disorder and and Dyslexia. Which I am sad to say he did not get occupational therapy or reading help at a younger age because of it.
Caleb’s multi-sensory integration means he does not adequately process information in order to provide appropriate responses such as behavioral or emotional responses to meet the demands and expectations of the environment. Often times, this is exhibited through impulsive behaviors, lack of emotion, or lack of concentration. These responses are particularly evident in high stimulus environments. Because of the way Caleb processes information to his surroundings things can be a little more difficult for him at times. For example, when he has got in trouble for talking in class he might start to laugh. He might even laugh when someone falls and gets hurt. In both of these situations it is based on a nervous response to the stimuli. He has worked very hard over the years to respond differently but the processing of the stimulation results in a different reaction then most people.
Caleb navigates this world by avoiding certain abuditory noises, not touching certain textures, and seeking certain visual situations. Caleb works very hard at recognizing the situations that may overstimulate him or that he may under respond to. Things like sand or micro-fiber clothes he will avoid at all cost. If he is unable to avoid these objects that can overstimulate his brain and result in an emotional outburst he might get easily frustrated, or seem very irritated. We found that one of the best things to help an outburst of an emotional response was occupational therapy, and working on a open communication for how he feels. This has seemed to help reduce outburst over time. We also love to help the kids focus some of their emotions and over stimulation by really encouraging outside play!
This is just a quick over view of our fun-loving energetic sensory processing pre-teen! We love him very dearly and being able to walk on this journey of Sensory Processing Disorder has been nothing but an adventure with him! We have learned so much about the development of children and the way our brains process and would not change any of it! Thank you Caleb for being the beautifully wonderfully made you!