Many of you can relate to what its like to have a kid with sensory issues. Marissa has difficulty handling certain things because of the way they feel. This issue goes beyond her simply not wanting to touch certain items. It also affects the way she eats, or will eat in the future. Her Occupational Therapist has been heavily concentrating on getting her to work through her sensory issues so we can attempt to get her to eat without gagging and throwing up because of the textures. The first step, though, is being able to touch these items with her hands and also being able to tolerate them touching her face.
These are a few of the items she has trouble with, or has had trouble with in the past: A fuzzy sock, creepy tentacle ball, slimy goo, and cotton.
She has overcome her issue with the sock and the slimy goo. She has almost conquered the cotton but the tentacle ball still really creeps her out. At the end of the summer,we finally got her to put her feet and hands in the grass. However, without grass to play in over the winter, I am sure she will regress somewhat.
Marissa's OT has her sit in her high chair every session and gets her to try touching the different items. The next pictures and video show that she has come a long way in overcoming her problem with shaving cream. About a month and a half ago, if you even so much as put the shaving cream on her tray, she would gag and throw up! She then got comfortable enough with it that she could touch it, then her OT tried putting it on her baby's face. You should have seen it. Marissa was actually yelling at us! She couldn't believe how we were torturing her poor baby. Well, as you can see, she has overcome that now. Yay!!
I love how she tries to detract from the situation by dancing. That's my girl!!
She is so proud of herself for being able to touch the sock. You should see her cheer and clap for herself, too cute. I am so proud of her too. It has got to be pretty scary being her sometimes.