Sensory Processing Disorder

I have some obsessive behaviors and so does my husband. Both my kids have obsessive behaviors as well but I’d say EBE’s obsessions are harder for me to understand. Therefore making it harder for me to help him through it.

He was officially diagnosed with sensory processing disorder at age 3. He was delayed in his fine motor skills, and highly sensitive. He goes mute randomly and can’t speak. I suspect anxiety. He picks at his body obsessively. Causing his lips and toes to bleed.

As he’s grown older he’s grown out of most of his fine motor hiccups, but his obsessive behaviors have become much more noticeable the older he gets.

He has a high level of anxiety always. But it’s made worse by any disruption in his routine. And it can take weeks to get back to normal.

A tantrum will turn meltdown easily somedays for him and there’s no reasoning with a meltdown.

And today is already one of those days. I hate these days because I don’t really know how to help him. I incorporate sensory activities and use our therapy swing. But it’s almost like his mind gets stuck on obsessing over different things. Some days are harder than others.

So I wonder and pose the question to those with sensory processing disorder can you explain maybe a side of the obsessions that I’m missing? Maybe offer advice on strategies you use to work through those challenging times.

I try to read whatever I can on SPD, but it’s still hard for me to grasp how exactly it feels.

If I were to create a questionnaire would you be willing to answer some questions I have about SPD and share your personal experience?

I’m just a mom trying to gain more knowledge. And would appreciate it.

Danielle

A Simple Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils

I’ve written a lot for clients not much for myself.

I find it less work to write for someone else. I’m too much of a perfectionist sometimes and it ends up hindering my own production.

I decided on a whim to write and publish my own ebook.

It’s my first ebook from start to finish. I wanted it to seem as if you are talking to a friend. No sales just some advice. Some potions.

Some things that work for my family and own health.

It has a little of everything. Pretty common solutions to ailments. It’s easy to read, but should be used more as a guide depending on what potion and ailment you may have.

Of course I don’t think I’m a witch. But it is more fun to call them potions.

You can download for $2.99 my ebook guide for beginner oilers on Amazon.

A Simple Mom’s Guide to Essential Oils

I hope that you find some useful potions and recipes to try in your home for healthier living.

Danielle

YL Natural sponge cleaner

Yeah it’s actually Friday night and I’m writing down my latest thoughts on my favorite natural sponge cleaner.  What has my life come to?

But it’s about the only time in the day I have a few moments for free thought.  As I write this Lucile Ball is batting at the keys with her tiny kitty paws.  If it’s not kids it’s an animal.

It’s no secret I’m frugal.  I’m not one to have a lot of possessions.  And I try to use products I truly believe in.  I use a variety of cleaners but for sanitizing my sponge I use this every single time.  My sponges last longer because I’m not likely to throw them out in a few days.

I hate the thought of what can lurk on a sponge.  Mine was looking a little funky today.

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A quick google search may freak you out enough to sanitize your dish sponge.

I have some serious smell aversions, and a stinky sponge is something that I just can’t have.

Here’s my recipe!

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YL Natural sponge cleaner 4 ingredients

  • Fill a bowl with water and submerge your sponge.
  • 5 drops Purification Young Living Essential oil
  • 5 drops Lemon Young Living Essential Oil
  • 2 drop Melaluca Young Living Essential Oil

Directions:

Microwave on high for 1 minute.  That’s it!

There are quite a few different oils that are great for cleaning, but these three together allow my OCD to relax on what could be lurking in the sponge.

If you give it a try please share your thoughts.

Thanks for reading!

If you ever have an interest in essential oils, come take a look at all Young Living has to offer.  I’ve always loved oils, but felt like I couldn’t afford them until my mama so sweetly signed me up to distribute them.  It’s a nice little way to make some extra money doing something I truly believe in.

Danielle

 

Pain relieving sleep rub – Young Living

I am a lover of oils.  I just love that there is a way to heal with something as natural as an oil.

I am more enthusiastic about grabbing an essential oil instead of an over the counter medication.

My husband was injured on-duty and has been suffering from back pain for almost 6 months.

I decided to pick a few of my favorite oils and add it to to whipped coconut oil to create the most relaxing massage oil I’ve ever used.

This isn’t an ad, it’s just something I’ve found really helpful with promoting healthy sleep as well as healing aches and pains.  The first night I had my husband repay the favor and rub it on my back I was out so quickly.  And I had the most relaxed mind and body.  Usually my mind goes a million miles per minute before I fall asleep, so this was amazing for me.

 

10 drops Lavender

7 drops Panaway

7 drops Copaiba

1 cup whipped coconut oil

How to whip the coconut oil:

First make sure you have organic unrefined coconut oil.  It  truly makes a difference.

Mix using a whisk attachment on high until coconut oil looks whipped.

Make sure the coconut oil is a solid before you attempt to whip it.  If it’s a liquid you won’t get the same look.  I’m not to sure it really makes a difference it does melt into the skin regardless.

Once you have whipped coconut oil slowly add in your essential oils.

Store in a cool dry place or you may wake up to a liquid.

I rub this down my kids spine before bed as well to help them sleep better and relax before bedtime.

If you try it please let me know how it works for you.

If you’d like to learn about Young Living Essential oils click here

Danielle

 

Easy Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls on first day of home school Kindergarten

So today we embarked on a new journey.

It was our first day Homeschooling.

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My kids made me this sweet salt dough necklace (with my help of course) to start off our first year of school together.

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People have said ugly comments regarding our decision to home school.  But I’ve never been one to be persuaded by someones opinions.

In short,  few of the reasons we decided to home school our kids was their sensory struggles.  We didn’t want them to be a product of bullying and public school.

By homeschooling them it allows us to give them the one on one attention they need in order to succeed.  In a busy classroom I could see how they could easily get lost or left behind.

So we decided to home school and today was our first official day of Kindergarten.

EBE is 5.  Miss H is 4.  She technically isn’t old enough to start kindergarten but she is so sharp and completed all the tasks right alongside her brother.  Amazing what an attentive one on one setting can encourage.

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When she was diagnosed with Autism the doctors were wrong.  They were wrong about her challenges.  They didn’t see what we saw.

She has some true gifts.  Some struggles as well.

Anyways the first day of Kindergarten was a complete success.  Aside from the fact that both were on sensory overload from the excitement and possibly the homemade cinnamon rolls.

But thankfully we’ve built a sensory area in the garage so we just moved our lessons to the swing helping them both to focus and lose some of the sensory challenges we faced.  I was able to give them gum to satisfy the oral seeking, screeching and licking behaviors I was seeing.

Today we went on a science walk to do complete our science lesson.  I have always noticed the kids learn best when moving.  We went over the  five senses of science; taste, smell, hearing, touch, and sight.  I used this lesson to my sensory advantage allowing them to dig in the dirt, touch flowers on our walk, smell the sagebrush.  We found quail footprints and drew them on our skin.  Both my kids are sensory seekers and relax with gentle touch.

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We brought a magnifying glass with us so we could get a better look along the way.

We move around often when we are learning if not I notice they lose focus so quickly.

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It was just our first day, but I noticed that the kids were more focused if I allotted 5 minute breaks to get the wiggles out quite often.  Hoping this continues to work for us.

I also diffused Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Melissa, Frankincense, Blue Cypress, Lavender to keep us focused.

I worked late into the night preparing homemade cinnamon rolls for the kids on their first day of school.  I wanted it to be special.  The sugar may have been to much for them, but it was their first day.  So lesson learned, tomorrow I’ll resume our clean eating diet.

This is my favorite recipe and I’ve had it for so many years I wouldn’t know who to credit for the recipe and I always throw a bunch of randoms in there too.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls -Bread Machine

Homemade cinnamon rolls  Quick and easy using a bread machine and few ingredients you probably have around the house. This makes about 24 cinnamon rolls it’s a lot of dough!  I also don’t make these often my kids don’t do well with sugar, but for a treat they are pretty tasty.

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Ingredients:

Dough

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1 1/3 cup hot water

1 stick of butter cut into small chunks

5 tablespoons of sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 1/2 cups flour

1 tablespoon dry-active yeast

Filling

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter softened

Icing

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I truly don’t measure much.  I just sort of dash and go.

1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

4-6 Tablespoons milk

Anyways I won’t pretend this is a healthy recipe.  But on a special occasion it’s something the kids truly enjoy.  Even if I did have to survive the sugar high after.

Hope you enjoy!

All in all I’d say it was a successful day.  I have a few sensory strategies I plan to implement, but I think once the excitement of school settles down the sensory quirks will slow down a bit.

I had a really fun time learning alongside them and it truly is rewarding being a part of their education.

 

 

 

 

 

Autism and tummy issues

Most people don’t like to discuss poop, but once I became a mom poop talk seems to be part of my regular conversation.

So let’s dive in.

Since both my kids were infants they’ve always struggled with going to the bathroom.  Miss H struggles more as she’s gotten older.  Going poop can result in screaming, lots of tears, and tummy aches.

Since EBE was an infant I’ve used different oil potions to try to ease his discomforts, and as the years have gone on I’ve found something that truly helps alleviate the struggles they have with going poop.

I could explain what sensory challenges cause this, but it may bore you.  If you are a parent or even an adult struggling with tummy issues rather than reaching for an over the counter medication, you should give Young Living Essential oils a try.

Tummygize is a savior in my house.  We have way less tears, going to the bathroom isn’t physically painful anymore.

Miss H grabs tummygize rolls it around on her stomach and moments later she has gone to the bathroom comfortably.

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Both my kids are extremely sensitive to smells, and I love that Tummygize has a mild scent that goes unnoticed by both.

I know poop talk isn’t the most glamorous, but it’s a reality a lot of us parents with kids on the spectrum face.

If you give it a try let me know your thoughts!

Danielle