Today is Day 16 in a series on 31 days to Loving Sensory Parenting. You can see the entire series here.
Post diagnosis it’s easy to feel like you don’t have your feet under you. You wonder what the cause of this or that is. You wonder if this behavior has anything to do with the diagnosis.
It’s a new normal.
You go through a phase of wanting to be normal. You grieve what you thought you might have. And when you’ve finally sorted through all the emotions you start finding a new normal.
This new normal is really important in sensory parenting. It’s what grounds you. It’s what stops the comparison games. It’s what keeps you moving on.
The sooner you realize that your amazing sensory kiddo will always keep you on your toes and caring for them comes with more than just a few obstacles the sooner you will be empowered in your new normal.
A glimpse into what our normal looks like.
We may always have some type of therapy or multiple therapies going on. Therapy to do at home and therapy appointments etc.
Our house will forever look like a circus. With a calm down castle, body sox, indoor swings and a cozy canoe.
We need to plan extra time for transitions. It takes a lot of prompting to get Miss Sensory from point A to point B.
Meltdowns…Meltdowns…Meltdowns… Need I saw more?
We have to say No to a lot typical family events. They may be too late at night (by that I mean past 6pm) or too noisy or chaotic.
“Typical” discipline is completely ineffective.
We may have all the therapy bills paid for by the time Miss Sensory goes to college.