Crying upon awakening from nap

I teach at a Montessori School...we just enrolled a 3 yr old boy a couple of days ago, that was in an abusive school...he was just diagnosed with SPD a couple of days ago. I don't have many problems with him except when he awakens after nap. It is very difficult for him to go to sleep, and I just happened across applying pressure to his back to help him fall asleep. I just instinctively did it. (I was rubbing his back and when I did it harder, he calmed down) My problem is waking him up. He becomes very upset. He cries uncontrollably, when he gets to a certain point he wants his stuffed animal.


This is a classroom, so I am not allowed to give him his "lovie", as the other children will want theirs, too. I have thought about just allowing him to cry it out, but I'm not too keen on that idea unless it is the right thing to do. Can somebody give me some pointers? When I wake him up, the lights are already on, should I wake him slowly before the lights are turned on, maybe before the other children? Should I just give him the stuffed animal? I'm at a loss, and I don't want to try anything and upset him further...

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Feb 26, 2010
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Thanks for the helpful hints
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your comments...Today, I just allowed him to sleep while I got the other children up from their nap. We made plenty of noise and this seemed to gradually arouse him out of is sleep. By the time he got up, I had some tasks for him to complete. He didn't have time to think about getting upset, he was on to bigger and better things. I realize this may or may not work the next time, so keep those suggestions coming! They are appreciated!

Just flying by the seat of my pants!!!!!

Thanks,

Laurie

Feb 26, 2010
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My daughter too.
by: Anonymous

My daughter with SPD is almost always irritable when waking too. I stopped making her take naps because of it when she was only two. We have started brushing first thing in the morning and that has really helped us. She is still irritable upon waking but after being brushed seems to feel better and cooperates with me much better! Don't know if that is helpful to you or not, but i hope so.

Feb 26, 2010
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irritability after sleep
by: Anonymous

The disturbance after sleep with irritability and crying, is also present in my child with various symptoms of SPD. I can not tell you why. if anyone has some answers about please respond. greetings

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