If you’re a regular reader here at This Outnumbered Mama, you’ve probably seen that my middle son A-Man has an expressive language delay, dyspraxia, and sensory processing disorder. This can make for some fairly epic meltdowns.
His newest venture? Throwing chairs. This has been added to his usual throwing himself to the ground, hitting anything/anyone in sight [including himself] and screaming at an ear splitting volume.
Now, none of that is to say this is his fault. These aren’t just tantrums. He honestly cannot handle the stimulation of certain situations, and we’re still trying to learn what sets him off and find ways of coping.
How to Handle Sensory Processing Disorder Meltdowns at Church
A-Man has finally been able to make it in the preschool room [ages 3-5] instead of the nursery [under 3] for about a month. Today? His favorite teacher wasn’t there. She has a son with autism and is great about signing with him and giving him a lot of time for transitions.
He also had a rough time because we got there right as church started. To add to that? Someone touched him as we moved from the check-in to the classroom. Yes. Someone touching him can throw off his entire day. Welcome to sensory processing disorder.
This boiled down to a meltdown of epic proportions in the church preschool room. He was screaming and hitting things and knocking down chairs. To keep everyone safe and [relatively] sane, they gave him endless amounts of crackers and let him stay in the back of the classroom snacking. The whole time.
A-Man’s sensory meltdowns [and yes, they are complete meltdowns and not ‘temper tantrums‘ or ‘fits’] are out of control. He hits, flails, and, as I mentioned earlier, throws chairs. This is unsafe for him, his teachers, and the other kids. Yikes! So here’s what we’ve come up with so far to help avoid and handle his meltdowns.