Change in routine.
Lack of good sleep.
Time of day.
Amount of food intake.
An OT today described Sensory Processing Disorder as the premature filling and/or overfilling of a child’s bucket. That filling of the bucket causes the meltdown, causes the tantrum, causes the shut down. It’s important to know what fills the bucket in order to help alleviate a meltdown. It’s equally important to know what allows the bucket to drain a little to keep the water just below the surface.
10 hours of sleep
Jumping on the trampoline
Playing “Angry Birds” by using the lycra swing to catapult into the crash mat
Eating… and eating… and eating… and eating…
Small spaces – being allowed to hide in small spaces when needed
Climbing high on the jungle gym
Solving math problems
It is my goal to remember his bucket list and do my best to keep it less than full. More importantly, to teach him to keep it less than full. To utilize those things we know help him drain the bucket.
There’s a hole in the bucket dear Liza, dear Liza. There’s a hole in the bucket and let’s keep it there!