Bryce has SPD. Also known as Sensory Processing Disorder. Though I don’t normally talk about that part of his problems. Why, I can’t say.
It has to primarily do with sounds for him. He gets ‘overloaded’ easily with audio environments.
The sounds he cannot stand, we can deal with. Such as a vacuum. Or a siren from a fire engine or police car. Or it could be one of his sisters screaming and yelling (with their high-pitched voices). Even at times, the TOILET seems to be too much.
Also, I have noticed Bryce having problems with certain food textures. He isn’t in to things that have even a mild amount of lumps. And things that are too ‘gooey’ like puddings.
There are days where it seems like I can’t go anywhere without Bryce complaining about noises. Especially decently loud ones. I can’t take him to concerts, or to where there is a largely loud crowd. He gets too over stimulated.
When over-stimulation happens, be it loud noises, too many foods he can’t stand (due to the textures aspect) or even a combination, Bryce can start having a severe fit because he can’t control his environment, or he just shuts down and “hides away” from himself and everyone around him.
For me, as his mother, it can be quite troubling to watch and have to help him deal. But also, I am trying to teach him that not everything and everyone can, let alone WILL revolve around his world. At times, he MUST revolve around other people’s world and the world at large.
There are times people (strangers) will see this unfold, and of course I get the stares, the head shakes and once in a while, someone will be bold enough to TELL ME that I need to better correct “the boy” and “be the parent, not the friend”, being that he just seems to be displaying a spoiled, childish ‘act for attention and to get his way’.
Most, if not ALL of Bryce’s disabilities can be, and are mistaken for (at times) normal, childish, bratty attention-seeking misbehavior. What I can say is that yes, SOMETIMES, that is exactly what it is. But when he gets that bad, I can honestly say that it is NOT the case. My son CANNOT help it. And that it is the SPD displaying its self.
There are times that I wish I could tie people to a chair, that think that they know *MY* child better than I do, and feel that they are the EXPERT in parenting a special needs child, and FORCE them to listen to loud things like the consistent thumping of loud music, sirens that don’t seem to stop, loud horns honking left and right, and shove food in their mouth that tastes like they are eating half-dried mud cake….
And listening to, and seeing everything AT ONE TIME as they are forced to chew on stuff that they can’t stand having in their mouth.
I can be safe to bet that after that experience, they wouldn’t decide to play Psychiatrist/Parenting Expert again after that!