DD, 13, has some serious sensory issues. She is not on the AS.
I hope it is Ok to post here - I figure some of you have some understanding/experience with sensory issues
The sensory issue that is impacting us the most is noise. DD is extremely sensitive to noise, and it causes some tension in her, with the result being that she blows up at people.
Here is an example:
Younger DD was singing fairly quietly in the car. We then moved on to playing some sort of car game - it is not a loud game, none the less it is a car and we were in close quarters.. We got out of the car (it was about a 20 minute car ride, btw), youngest DD screeched over something and older DD flipped. Snarky words in a snarky tone were directed at younger DD.
This type of event goes on at least once a week. It used to be daily, so I guess we are making progress, lol.
The progress is due to me altering the environment, though, more than her learning to deal with noise. Example - we often take 2 cars places, so the noise does not get to DD. Quite frankly, I also like the noise reduction that comes from less people in one car, but it is a total waste of gas.
I have instituted a quiet time (after 8:00 at night) and a quiet room (living room - where the TV is). I also redirect younger DD, who is naturally loud, a lot. I still let her make noise, but suggest she do it in a different room if her sister was there before her.
The above is the background - here are the questions.
I am thinking of buying DD headphones or earplugs for when she cannot escape noise. The thing is - she is refusing to wear them. She claims they bug her ears. This is undoubtably true. Do you think it is acceptable to insist a child wear earphones or plugs as a preventative measure? She is 13. Having earphones and the like handy in case she becomes overloaded may not work so well. Sensory overload needs to be prevented in DD to prevent a bad attitude- once she has started to get worked up it is difficult to intervene.
Has anyone done OT with a older child for noise issues? How did it work?
I am wondering if there is something herbal or homeopathic I can give her to take when she feels the tension rising - a Bach flower remedy or something like it?
Edited by purslaine - 3/6/12 at 7:43am