Self regulation in over stimulating environments
I have a 4 year old with SPD that has delayed speech although has come a long way and speaks in sentences and understands most of what is said to him. I believe he has processing issues he's dealing with as well. He's a sweet loving kid who now can focus well in familiar and non overstimulating environments like home and daycare + special ed preschool. He has some behavior issues sometimes of not wanting to do what he is suppose to do (transitioning) but not debilitating.
Where I have the most problem is in very stimulating environments such as public places with lots of people. Fairs, carnivals, open environments. He just looses complete focus and can not even hear or process anything said to him. He wants to run from thing to thing but not wait in line (that is almost impossible although he has done it a few times now) to do what looks like a fun game to him. It's very difficult to handle him as he runs through crowds and doesn't last long as we have to leave. I avoid it as I know it's difficult on everyone but try sometimes though to stimulate him as I think those activities which should be fun for him are not going to get better if he doesn't experience them.
I was wondering if others have same problems and what may have helped in terms of any special therapies to regulate his system so he can take in the overload and handle better? I feel so bad for him as I can see in him he just can't process at all. I can't talk to him and when I hold him close to me and talk to him I can see he can't hear me. Any other situation he can focus on what I am telling him and respond but he just can't as I suppose he's just overloaded.