Thursday, September 22, 2011


So, how does this affect his daily life? 

You see a playroom, he see chaos.
You see a stack of books or puzzles, he sees chaos.

Too much visual information to properly process.  

Another perfect storm for behavioral responses (fidgeting, hyperness, elevated excitement response, inability to control impulses, etc).  

To keep my child from becoming overwhelmed (what you see as a child excited to see a room full of new toys) I will require that he play with ONE item or toy (or set) at one time.  
I might, also, be a huge meanie and require him to play with the toy or items for a certain length of time before moving on to another activity.  More oft than not he will be engaged for twice the required time (10 minutes expands to 20 minutes or even 30 minutes) simply because he is engaged and focused on that ONE item.  


Understand that your definition for success for a child is different than what I define success for each of my individual children.  

So, yes, I might seem like an over-protective, controlling, bore if I don't allow my child to wreak havoc on your generous offer to play with anything he wants or try out all the play things but I am teaching my child the skills he will need to keep HIMSELF regulated in a chaotic world later in life as an adult.

Self-control or regulation of emotional and excitement responses is not something that comes easily to my child.  It is something he will constantly and continually be challenged with.  

He is healing!  
He WILL be successful in life!  
He will raise the roof in Praise of the Lord because this kid knows how to Praise!

He is my Sunshine!


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