Strategies for Helping Children with ASD Cope with SPD: A Dad’s Playbook

So, you’ve entered the wild world of parenting a child with ASD. But wait, there’s more! Your child also has SPD? Sensory Processing Disorder? No worries, mate! You’ve got this, and we’re here to help. Let’s tackle this together, dad style! 🕺

First off, let’s get our terminology right. Think of SPD like this: If the brain were a radio, with SPD, sometimes it’s like the antenna isn’t quite picking up the signal right. There’s too much static or maybe it’s blaring way too loud. For kids with both ASD and SPD, it’s like trying to listen to two radio stations at once. Crikey!

But fear not, fellow dads. Here are some strategies to help your child navigate these sensory waters:

  1. Sensory Diet: No, we’re not talking about kale smoothies. A sensory diet is a set of activities tailored to your child’s sensory needs. It could be anything from swinging to deep pressure hugs. It’s like giving their senses a workout!
  2. Environment Tweaks: Bright lights? Too noisy? Make little adjustments in your home to make it more sensory-friendly. Dim the lights, use noise-cancelling headphones, or create a quiet corner.
  3. Fidget Toys: These aren’t just trendy; they’re helpful! Spinner rings, squishy balls, or weighted lap pads can be great tools for managing sensory overload.
  4. Deep Pressure: Think bear hugs or weighted blankets. Deep pressure can be incredibly calming for children with SPD.
  5. Stay Predictable: Unexpected changes can be jarring. Try to keep routines consistent and prepare your child for any changes coming up.
  6. Therapy: Occupational therapy, especially with a focus on sensory integration, can be a game-changer. Consider it like footy training for the senses!
  7. Educate & Advocate: The more you understand about SPD, the better equipped you’ll be to advocate for your child’s needs at school, in social situations, and everywhere else.

Remember, every child is unique, so what works for one might not work for another. It’s all about finding what’s right for your kiddo. And always remember, you’re not alone in this journey. We’ve got your back!

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Note: Always consult with a professional when implementing new strategies or tools for your child.

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