IMo that is the root of the problem with DD. Her OT suggested it and really I think this is dead on. SHe feel way out of controll, we keep asking her to gain controll (something which she knows nothing about) therefore she is just on edge all the time and meltsdown in an instant. I was seeing more improvement with this and then school started and she is way out of controll again. So back to square one we are hading,but hopefully not for long.
My sensory seeker will behave better after some certain tricks. From what I can understand this maybe different for every kid.
- hard work exercises- pulling a loaded wagon, pushing the wall or solid/unmoveable something (like when in line somewhere she hates to wait in line)
brushing therepy, massaging her almost with the brush not really following the pattern per say.
drinking through a straw sippy- milk is her fav
listening to her music- lol Phish, drumming music, lullabyes ect
being restrained- She will calm when I put her in her carseat and turn on her tunes- not becuase she has to but becuase the pressure of being strapped in and the calming effect music can have on her. It seems to her that she can't do any more harm to herself whatever and she can get a lil bit of controll back. So I strap her in and depending on her mood I will talk her down by counting and breathing or just step away from her as she doesnt wanna interact at all atm. This only hapens when out. I can't see getting in the car everytime she meltsdwon,but when out I really have no choice sometimes and I know it will work quickly. Most times we need to just call it a day then though. This is not a punishment btw quite the opposite as she is not happy when shes lost her cool.
Deep pressure- I hug her tightly or roll her up in a towell and squash her with a pillow. Playing playdough.
All of these are prolly right before you as these are things Sierra like to do.
The one thing that really has helped leson the fits was taking back the controll. We had no clue,but she felt so far out of controll in her body that she needed controll everwhere else she could. So if playing playdough we all had to do what she did ect ect. She would be ,for lack of a better/nicer term- difficult about everything. So we had to not give her an inch at all ever. If she didnt want to get brushed we have to say "lets brush your body 1x instead of 10x" that way we still won. Sounds alot like a compromise,but it is not put to he rthat way at all. It all about the tone used. We just say matter of factly this is what we need to do, after we are done you may go about XYZ activity" whatever it's not "well honey I tell ya what how about we do this?" This is all really against my AP ways and all but I have to remember that being AP is following what the child needs. This is what my child needed. It is working and we still have some work to do such as being able to roll with the changes of life.
i hope this helps. I am a relative NOOb to all of this. Hopefully we both can get more info. Sorry if I rambled on