Carolyn Dalgliesh has written a fabulous book called The Sensory Child Gets Organized (http://www.carolyndalgliesh.com) which is a great easy to read how to book on helping create and environment that works with not against your sensory child. What is a sensory child? Basically its a kid who struggles to differentiate between sensory inputs from their environment which tends to lead them to hitting a point of overwhelm rather quickly. When I read the book my overwhelming though was "this is great but how the heck am I meant to put this into place". The rather large flaw in the plan was that I am a very Sensory Mummy so the very things that my children struggle with I am struggling with too. I walk into our home and frankly if it wasn't for my Mother drilling into me over my childhood to just start at the door and move clockwise I would never get anywhere. To me it is just a wall of chaos and colour and smells (not always pleasant mind you thanks to the cat and dishes in a small townhouse). I can not count how many times I have just stood there on the verge of tears faced with the overwhelming task of "just cleaning it up". I am at this moment hiding in my room writing because I can not face the cacophony of sensations that await me downstairs. I desperately need to get this under control but I can not see the path ahead clearly. So that is now my next big challenge. How to put into practice strategies and solutions to make the rather complex task of managing and facilitating 4 unique human beings as they go about their days. As I tackle mini projects or even a few big ones I will be adding my findings and discoveries to the site. As for the diet and lifestyle thing, well thats on going. I have discovered a few interesting hurdles that now need to be addressed and am working on that with various professionals. Nothing wrong with getting help when you need it, I will be updating that journey as I go along but for now its too personal. Now its time to face the chaos and try get some sort of order to the kitchen at least because I have about 1 1/2 hrs before tummies get hungry and the demands start up again. Image is from https://www.facebook.com/carolyndalglieshauthor and I encourage anyone interested in the book or her approach towards Sensory Organizing to visit her on Facebook or via her site http://www.carolyndalgliesh.com. I do not receive ANY kickbacks, rewards or 'gold stars' for mentioning this I just like to give credit where it's due.
One of my favourite things to do is to stop by the local markets and pay a friendly visit to Silvia and her staff. I have received nothing but warmth and kindness from her over the years since switching to a Gluten Free Casein Free diet. From the very first day I wondered by, overwhelmed and unsure, its been nothing but a pleasure. She happily discussed my kids and what we were wanting to achieve and which of her delicious goods would work.