Thursday, July 1, 2010

SPD at the Beach

Last week we went to the beach. Let's jsut say Alex had, ahem, a challenging week. He usually does. The places we stay are too small. There are too many smells. There are too many people. There are no trampolines. There are no swings.

We do go for a walk on the boardwalk in the morning. He goes in the water and plays in the sand, but for whatever reason, it doesn't meet his sensory needs. Most afternoons, I would find him at the top of the beach in the really hot sand where you can't even walk without sandals, laying spread eagle on his belly soaking up the hotness. Just craving that sensory input. "Out of Sync" is just the perfect phrase, really it is!! He does well the day we go on the rides and fun houses with slides, ladders, rope swings, etc because he gets the vestibular and proprioceptive input he needs. That night he is talkative and relaxed.

The last night we were there he had found a piece of scotch tape and put it on his arm. For some reason it gave him comfort. Then if fell off and he lost it. A huge meltdown ensued. Over a piece of tape. This really is not like Alex. I was at the end of my rope and went next door to my parents' condo. At this point I felt like the kid who was losing it and I needed to take solace. It was time to go home.

I read an article recently by an "expert" who claims SPD is not real. I dare him to take Alex to the beach when we go again later this month. He strikes me as one of those experts with either 1. no kids or 2. only NT kids - although to be fair, I really know nothing about him. I did email him about his little article and of course got no response. Big surprise.