Parenting a child with SPD will cause you to do things differently than parenting a neuro-typical child. I have a slight disadvantage in this because our only child has Sensory Processing Disorder. So in a sense, this is all I’ve known. The challenge is that you can’t parent “normal.”
For example, being able to follow a simple direction. It is really frustrating that no matter how many different ways you try a simple direction is like a marathon or a battle zone. The great thing (and bad thing) about our Sensory Kiddo is she holds it all in everywhere else so when she gets home she can hardly function. Everything becomes really difficult for her. So you have to approach it differently. You can’t just tell her to do something and she does it. You have to be right there with her every step of the way. Reminding her when she gets off focus, redirecting her as needed and giving her body cues to what it needs to do. Using visual supports along the way as needed and getting her to do what she needs to do.
It’s a challenge to say the least. But the sooner you learn to parent differently the sooner you’ll find peace in the mess of SPD. More patience. Go Slow. Give them more time.
The challenge is to keep your anger curbed. Sometimes when I’m exhausted and short on patience that is when I get frustrated the most. I have to remind myself that I can’t parent “normally” it doesn’t work. It takes an extra dose of patience, lots of cues and eventually we will get it together!