Triggers! What are the sensory things your child can not stand?
What are the sensory things your child can not stand? What is it that if they are forced to endure will eventually cause them to explode? 🧨
Overwhelm does not bring out the best in any of us and depending on our age and our disposition the results vary from becoming withdrawn to verbal or even physical outbursts 😔
What causes one person to reach the end of their tether may not be another’s trigger. 🤷🏼♀️
Triggers can come in many forms especially for the neurodiverse and overwhelm for the neurodiverse child can result in meltdowns. 💥
Meltdowns can happen due to a single trigger usually sensory such as:
or an accumulation of factors - places out of their comfort zone, new experiences, not knowing what to expect, etc
In Fred’s case he abhors metal. Jewellery, coins, zips, cutlery, metal is everywhere! The sight of metal makes him feel physically sick! He can not eat around metal. So this explained a lot around meal times and metal cutlery!! (Fred was the inspiration behind the deveolpment of Hatch Programmes)
I did not know this until he was 6 (he was unable to articulate his dislike of it and how it made him feel before then) and he asked me not to wear jewellery. I said no problem but I asked him why 🤔
He didn’t immediately divulge how it made him feel but it was a conversation we’ve returned to over time.
There can be some unusual triggers that we may not think about because they don’t trigger us.
Fred is much more able to tolerate metal now but still can not have coins on the table while he eats 🤷🏼♀️
Hatch Programmes REALLY helped us get him to this point. They help to:
Calm the nervous system
Set neurological foundations
Build systematically on these foundations
Use movement rather than drugs to achieve positive results