I agree with everything Kelly said. It's also different with every child it seems; for instance some children seem to respond better to body brushing for quick calming, while the other child seems to respond better to absolutily nothing sometimes.. than you have the 3rd child who responds quickly to a deep bath ( which is heavy pressure according to O.T.) I forgot about diet, but that is HUGE. For Kailey, we found that she was actually allergic to things..but if we mess up and she has something that contains milk, her behaviour is aweful. She does not listen, throws things, bites, screams etc. She is allergic to milk, so we watch labels closely but sometimes we do mess up.
Occupational therapy helped Kailey by exposing her to different textures, different exercises etc.. to help her overcome some of her sensory integration problems. They also helped by educating myself and Chris on how to address issues and how to keep the home environment "sensory safe" for Kailey; and techniques to use during meltdowns.
About a week or so after starting Kailey on 500mg of flaxseed oil, we noticed a change in her behavior. Her attention span was longer, she wasn't melting down as much, and she wasn't waking up every 2 hours at night..she was sleeping through the night! If you quit taking the flaxseed oil, the effects go away. With the HBOT, we have noticed more lasting effects;; less meltdowns, better sleeping, and she is A LOT MORE SOCIAL!!!! not scared of everything like she was!! HBOT has changed Kailey from being so scared, to being happy. She has not had a treatment in a few months and she has not declined.
Probiotics help some kids with the gut issues; for Kailey it did not at all. She is on miralax 1 cap daily, everyday. Colase 2.5mg, and levsin as needed for pain. Nothing natural has helped her, ( prune juice, etc) As long as she gets her meds, she doesn't have pain. If she refuses to drink her milk with the miralax, she will have pain the next day so sometimes we have to give her levsin.
Exposure therapy ex: making them face their fears, cry it out. DOES NOT WORK!! OT tried this, and it made things worse!
Oh, we just get flaxseed oil in the gel caps, poke a hole in them and squirt it into her rice milk.
Meletonin helps Kailey fall asleep. Her sleep routine is very specific and she will not OR can not go to sleep if the routine is different. All lights out, Tv on (NOT CARTOONS) body brushing, deep massage, potty, jammies and diaper, night time milk in sippy cup, than she lays by me. I scratch her back for the first 10 minutes, than rub her face until she falls asleep after that. I can move her to bed once I know she is sound asleep. Right now it is still easier for us to move her in bed with us when we are ready for bed because if she rolls over and feels nothing, she wakes up, and the night time routine starts over. When we had a heavy blanket I was able to put her in her own bed, but it ripped
10 lbs of rice all over the place.. so I need to make a new one!! With a heavy blanket, she didn't wake up to make sure I was still next to her.