This summer has been a blast for us! We’ve been camping, swimming, hiking, and exploring. Unfortunately, Jax’s sensory issues have been tagging along threatening to ruin our fun.
During a camping trip, a severe thunderstorm tore through the campsites. Everyone was nervous with the lightening and straight-line winds, especially when the porta-potty got blown over! We took shelter in a garage to wait it out.
My sweet boy could not manage all of this intense sensory input. He began screaming and crying and eventually started scratching and biting himself to the point that he was bleeding. I tried to hold his arms to protect him and he started biting me. Then he started flinging himself onto the ground and hitting his head
It was terrifing.
It was by far the worst sensory meltdown that we have ever experienced. The worst part for me was that nothing I did helped him. And he was so scared.
After the storm blew through, Jax calmed down, but he was “off” for the rest of the weekend.
I felt like we had a fairly decent handle on which strategies to use to help Jax manage sensory stuff, but this was a game-changer.
The biting and scratching has continued during high-sensory situations (such as swimming lessons, parties, stores, etc). I’m not going to lie – it’s been difficult. It’s just damn hard not knowing how to help my child.
We’re working on different strategies in occupational therapy and we made a follow-up appointment with the develolmental pediatrician. Hopefully we can find a way to give Jax the tools he needs to calm his body and not hurt himself or others.
If anyone has any ideas, we’re all ears!