Self regulating in the heat

by Ann
(Annapolis, MD)

My 7 year old daughter has Sensory Integration and one of her biggest problems is that she can not self regulate herself in the heat. I asked her OT if there was anything I could do but she didn't have any suggestions.

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Feb 06, 2011
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being hot.
by: Anonymous

Yes, we go through this and sometimes it's not even that hot. Thankfully, we live in an arid climate, so not much humidity. Sometimes he gets cold too and it';s like it's almost an emergency to him. When he's hot or cold, he always repeats it over and over. So yes, you are NOT alone!

Sep 02, 2010
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too hot...or too dramatic?
by: Anonymous

ok, this is one of those 'how do you know it is an spd thing?'....bc my son just turned 6 and often goes into dramatics about how hot it is (and yes, we live in the midwest therefore it is legitimately hot) but we go for walk or he will go for bike rides and he says he is JUST exhausted. and my hubby and i are understanding but then it is also like 'you are a kid...get outside'...and i don't think we ever really considered that this too was an spd thing and not just a kid preferring to lounge on the couch in the a/c.

do other parents of spd kids experience this stuff as well?

Aug 07, 2010
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Heat
by: Merrialice

My daughter,who is also 7, struggles with the heat. While I don't know how to fix this one, I have learned how to accommodate it to make her more comfortable.

1. I allow her to change her clothes when they feel too sticky (focusing on going a longer period of time in between changes).

2. I make sure all of her clothes are loose and breath well.

3. I practice/verbalize being hot as well as cold, although she tolerates cold better than hot. I also verbalize what I am doing to make myself more comfortable.

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