I used to have most difficult time with my son during meals and getting ready for bath. He would cry, yell, throw things in protest against my directions to complete a task. I tried to show actions of understanding but there were lots of times it just ended up being a power struggle. I was running out of resources real quick. Then I started thinking back to when I was raising my daughter, my first born. We used to have similar conflict when she would have Sensory Overload. The Sensory Overload happens when one of body’s senses experiences over- stimulation form the environment. I am not well educated in this field of study to explain the reasons why these things happen. However, I was willing to try anything to help my son during meal and bath time.
These are the things I’ve tried:
- Overcome your fear on trying new things for your child and have fun.
- During meal and bath time, try to introduce or change one to two new things from these categories: taste, size, shape, texture, or color.
- For example, my son loves macaroni and cheese with hotdogs. I can change the macaroni to different pasta that is similar in size (change in shape), I can cut the hotdogs (size), or I can introduce him to corn dog when he is ready (taste and texture).
- Bath time was little easier. I used bubble bath (unscented), I tried food coloring in water, shaving cream for him to play on the wall, and let him pick out toys to play in the bath.
- When your child is ready, ask how they want their meal… you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
- When your child wants to choose something that is not available or is not safe, explain the situation to them and offer the alternative.
Here are few more ideas…