Naughty Behavior

Hi All,


How do you handle and control naughty behavior due to sensory overload. By the time we are nearing the end of the school week, our daughter exhibits very naughty behavior at home and in school. We know it is due to sensory overload, but we don't know how to prevent these episodes. Like today she kept dumping the garbage over. Sometimes we're afraid to send her to school because we don't know what kind of report we're going to get.

Any help you can give is appreciated.

Thanks.

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Sep 25, 2009
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your comments...very helpful! She has been in OT for a year. This year she entered school for the first time, so that brings lots of new challenges. Yesterday was a difficult day, today was a good one. A little girl is trying to make friends with her in school, but my daughter isn't very interested. I would love for her to not be so anxious around the other kids and be able to socialize like other children her age, hopefully that will come with time.

Thanks again! :o)

Sep 25, 2009
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I couldnt have said ..
by: kim

it more perfectly than that!!
She absolutely, must have a sensory diet.
I never understood how much that really meant till i read "Sensational Kids" And "The Out-of-Sync Child".
You must read those to really understand.
You must also watch her behavior, CLOSELY, TIME how often she seeks out sensory in-put.
Example, running, jumping into or onto things, squeezing things, spinning, etc.
My son seeks it about every 20 mins.
Do you have an OT for her???
Good luck, you'll get the hang of it, it just takes time and alot of observation!
Kim

Sep 25, 2009
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Hi!
by: Anonymous

Be patient. As your understanding of your daughter's sensory "diet" grows you'll learn how to prevent situations that trigger the naughty behavior. Teaching her how to self regulate is also very important. Letting her feel a sense of control over something when it seems everything is out of control. Some parents have made a special space for meltdowns. A place to throw pillows, jumping on mini trampolines, we used to have my daughter run around the cul d sac when we could tell she'd had enough. We'd disguise it as a game and challenge her to beat her previous time on a stop watch. It helped her re-focus negative energy and wear her out! The hardest part is to not take it personally, she'll do better when she's able. It does seem to me that these kids are a bit more immature than most I think it just takes longer.
Good Luck!

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