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making sense of sensory integration pg 4

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Unformatted text preview: Sensory sensitivities can also impact in terms ofnoise levet at home— not wanting the TV or the stereo at the same level as another sibling. Sometimes. we’ve encountered some major problems with sensitivity to smell. A parent will wear an after shave, perfume, or deodorant that is very offensive to the child, which will sometimes cause the child to start hitting the parent. This can create major barriers to their relationship until its figured out. Stacey Szklut, MS, CTR/Li I recently evaluated a boy who was very sensitive to the sound of his sister’s voice, particularly when she would sing. This was a huge family issue because every time his sister moved into a higher timber voice or began to sing, this boy would cry and usually ended up hitting and screaming at his sister. I’ve also had an experience where a child was very sensitive to his teacher’s voice and really complained to his mother that he didn’t like it when his teacher talked. Dr. Sharon Cermak: Do you think most children are aware of what it is that bothers them? Dr. Jane Koomar: l think sometimes they are aware of it and other times they are not. They’re just aware ofan agitation or a feeling that they are slightly out of control or they are not understanding what’s happening in their environment. I feel our role as clinicians is to help them identify and understand what is happening for their own bodies and try to provide strategies so they can be more in control of what’s happening. Dr. Sharon Cermak: I agree. l find that even the most articulate children who can describe how bothered they are by certain sensations, for instance, how frustrating it is to not be good in gym class, can on certain days and times be overwhelmed enough that they can't put their discomfort into words. They become emotional and may act out. Only later when someone is helping them talk it through might they realize, oh yeah, it was the smells we had in the cafeteria today and then what happened at the school assembly and it all added together. Stacey Szklut, Ms, CTR/L: I think it really is important to help children understand what’s going on with their bodies so they can understand why they’re responding certain ways. My own son has had mild insecurity to movement, particularly when his head was tipped back, something we therapists call gravitational insecurity (GI). One time he and my two younger daughters were on swings and they were really enjoying leaning their heads back and swinging, feeling the breeze blow through their hair. I looked at him because we’ve talked about his discomfort and said “Gee, Mike, I bet you’d like this.” He looked at me and said “It’s such a pain to be ‘Gl’, I’d rather have tactile defensiveness.” It was really interesting to hear his perception. He said things like “I don’t like to do those backwards things" and he was talking about backwards somersaults, He really had a good understanding of what it was that was bothering him. ...
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