I’m writing this one for the parents and educators of sensory kids.
It’s just an insight into how severe the sensory experience really can be for us sensitive peeps from the perspective of an adult that can articulate it.
When a child says something is uncomfortable
Right now I’m distracting myself from having a sensory overload meltdown.
I have thermal clothes under this outer layer and that’s all I can feel – my kids keep saying Mum but I can’t distract my attention away from the first layer of clothing.
The more I fail at distraction the more the squeeze feels tighter.
My beanie is itchy across my forehead that also has all of my attention.
It takes all of my energy to try and concentrate on something other than the sensations against my skin.
When in this heightened state, everything is heightened
The lights are brighter.
Cobi just brushed her sock against my boot to feel it and I felt every stroke like it was a deep massage.
Voices are loud and grating
And there will be a moment where I’ll need to come back to the room and strip off as many clothes as I can so I don’t meltdown
Over fucking clothes.
Clothes that I have control over.
I will get to choose if I’d rather brave the cold than wear this beanie.
I will get to choose if the thermals come off.
A lot of kids experience all of this and have their outfits controlled.
I don’t wear underwear because it feels like it’s cutting into my skin.
I don’t wear layers often or even jeans for that matter because this is the experience I have.
So I’m letting you all in on the off chance there’s a sensory child out there that’s listened to when he or she says she can’t wear something or wants to strip off after school.
We don’t want to feel like this.
It really helps though when people understand.