Originally Posted by FarmerBeth
My DS was older than yours when we had this issue (9 years old at the time), but what the school did to help with the fire drills is something that could maybe be considered for your son as he gets older and a little more accustomed to sensory sensitivities, especially for dealing with the more obsessing type behavior around the drills. DS was asked to accompany the older child who was on fire bell duty. Basically, every day, the bells need to be checked on that they are in working order, and during drills there is a captain. The 13 year old he was paired with was very good with him and patient, and it meant that in a drill he had one on one with a kid he thought was cool and doing a neat job. Helping with the fire bells seemed to help him feel like he could take charge of something that he found really loud and scary.
FarmerBeth, this is a fantastic idea! Thank you. I think he would do really way with some way to get control over his fears like this. This type of approach has worked with him in the past, at his preschool, he and his SEIT (one on one special ed teacher) made a book of every person who worked in the school to give him confidence about being there.
Linda, no, there are not really any sensory accommodations in the classroom, surprisingly. DS wears a hankerchief around his ears/head to dampen sound, and especially in case of fire drills. Fortunately, it passes as a fashion statement. :)
I'm not really sure what sensory things to ask for in the classroom...I am trying to develop a rapport slowly with the teachers, because in our area, many parents, of any type of children are very demanding about accommodations being made for their children, and it can really alienate and burn out the teachers. That said, they called me from school on Thursday because DS had soiled himself so badly it had run into his shoes. This child has NEVER had potty accident since he turned 2. He was EC'd, and his sensory issues tended to contribute to being highly motivated to not have an accident. I was pretty freaked out, but they handled it fine, and he was happy as a clam in clean clothes and no shoes in the nurses office when I picked him up.
Night terrors started up again in the night last night, and he cried for 20 mins upon awakening, so he is stressed, but on the other hand, he got through drop-off yesterday without crying! Yay! They are encouraging him to keep it together at school and not cry, so I figure he may need to let it out at home.
Thanks for being here, Mamas