Aggressive meltdowns are the most difficult part of parenting a child with Sensory Processing Disorder for me. Below is a real life example of a sensory meltdown. Meltdowns for Miss Sensory usually include: crying, screaming, biting, hitting and kicking. I’m sharing this for anyone else who experiences this. I know how alone it can feel having an aggressive child and how difficult it is to cope with. (***also please note we have a plan in place for dealing with meltdowns and regularly work with a clinical psychologist on this issue***). If you are in this situation it is important to have support and a plan to keep everyone safe. If you do not have that I suggest seeking help for your child and for you.
I started to tell her not to pour an ENTIRE cup of water in the TINY water color tray.
She started with screaming (and she is the most precious 4.5 year old I’ve ever seen)…Little Miss Sensory.
Then she ran towards me and started hitting me as hard as she could. Over and Over. She pulls on my clothes tying to rip them. She tries to get her entire body wrapped around one of my arms and pulls.
More than anything else, she screams with as much force a four year old body can make (I’ve never seen anyone be able to use their whole body to scream), all the while continuing to hit me over and over.
This isn’t because I told her not to do something.
This is because she has sensory processing disorder.
This is NOT just bad behavior.
This is an after school sensory meltdown.
This is NOT her exercising defiance.
This is her after taking in the chaos, the noise, the smell and the intensity of a preschool classroom.