My Eby is a Sensory Seeker. He can’t get enough of jumping on the trampoline, banging on surfaces, or making excessive noise. When he watches a movie, he laughs loudly, calls out to the characters, and makes lots of comments. He lives life at a higher level of excitement than most of us.
Dr. Miller, author of Sensational Kids, compares this intense craving for sensation… to how you or I would feel on a long airplane flight. We want to get up, stretch our legs, and move around. We are craving the arousing effect of vestibular stimulation – or motion.
According to Dr. Miller, the difference between Eby and a more typically developing child is that Eby (or in her example, a child named Ben)
… constantly feels the way you or I would on a cross-country flight where the “Fasten the seat belt” sign never goes off.
Having flown to Ethiopia twice, I know this feeling well, and it helps me to imagine what Eby is feeling when he just can’t meet his need for sensory input. We are getting better at meeting his needs and he is a happier boy!
Our trampoline is getting hours of use, my bin of Dubble Bubble is emptying out, and life is good.
I would love more responses to this week’s Tuesday Topic: Staying Connected With Your Older Children. Jump in and join the conversation; we would all like to hear your thoughts.