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|Fri, 03-04-2005 - 12:04pm|
We have just begun to really notice our son's sensitivity to his environment and how it's such a crucial factor in his behavior...and he's just started to articulate things. So for me, while I suppose I always knew these things, it's just weird to hear it from him.
For example...we were in the grocery store. It was the second one of the day, we'd been out about an hour and a half. We were in the freezer aisle, and he began twirling around and his hand became an airplane. He began making engine noises and running around. I stopped him. He started again. I stopped him again. He started again, to which I said, "I am getting frustrated here!" He looked at me totally serious and said, "well get me out of here then. It's too noisy!" When I asked what was noisy he looked at me like I was insane (to me it was not noisy at all). "THAT (pointing to the freezers) is humming, THAT (pointing up to the loudspeakers) is playing music, there are people everywhere talking, it's just too much. I'm DONE!"
I just stared at him in disbelief. I got him to the register, he sat on his favorite chair and had his cup of water (which is a ritual for him) while I was rung through, and he was fine for the rest of the day.
So two questions...
Do your kids have certain "rituals" to keep themselves in control or calm themselves down? And do they get upset when they can't do them?
And....I don't quite understand the need to make more "noise" when they are overstimulated. Is it to drown out the noise around them?