Immediate Help for Sensory Shutdown
My son seems to go into complete shutdown mode when faced with new or crowded experiences. i.e. at the zoo, at large family parties, at the Chicago air and water show. It is as if a haze is over him and he exhibits extreme low energy although does respond to his name and he does go about his normal activities in a manner with low energy and spaciness. He will not immediately respond when someone new, that he does not know addresses him. If we spend the day at the zoo, beach or other excursions, he remains in shutdown mode the entire day.
At first I thought it was his blood sugar, but I see no change in behavior associated with diet. He is 4 years old. He receives therapy but my question is is there anything I can do to get him to come out of shutdown mode right away. Should I plug his ears? Apply deep pressure? What can I do to help him? Thanks!