Parent's reaction to hypersensitivity

by Aingie
(Indiana)

I am wondering what the best way is to react when the child is "freaking out" due to hypersensitivity. i.e. he falls down and scrapes his knee but is wailing and crying as if he broke a bone. I understand a large amount of pain is felt by the child- my tendency is to be empathetic and comforting but some have said we should tell him to brush it off and keep going, that a lesser parental reaction will help the child also minimize their reaction. What do you think?

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Mar 20, 2010
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A begining to pain and an end.
by: Anonymous

Finally, it is such a relief to find other parents who are on the same journey as us. Our little boy is finally seeing an O.T. and it's the best thing we've ever done. When our ten year old hurts himself such as falling over I still give him a cuddle and I honestly don't care what anyone thinks of me. The child needs to be held firmly - they get over it quicker. The dentist was our big concern. What our O.T did to help our little boy over come the dentist was this, She held our son's hand, looked him straight in the eye and let him know, that it is an uncomfortable situation. It does hurt BUT there is a beginning and an end. There is an end to the pain. This seems to help our little boy. I find the gentle talking is what helps the child as long as they are looking into your face and listening.

Mar 19, 2010
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Hypersensitivity to light touch Hyposensitivity to heavy touch
by: Anonymous

you are describing my son who is now 12. It is SPD- it is sensory dysfunction- I am working on getting an OT eval for my son.
Jeanette

Mar 19, 2010
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hypersensitivy
by: Anonymous

Hi I think it is appropriate to consider its hypersensitivity, but also say that the pain will pass soon. I do not think that depends on the reaction of parents.

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