Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Sensory Disorder and Extreme Heat

On the first really hot day, every year, it happens. The hugging, wrestling, pinching, biting, squeezing - it all intensifies. Inevitably, if it's a school day, I get notes from the teacher saying they were extra-squirrelly. Extra sensory pressure needed.

And nobody ever remembers this.  Every year I get the same questions.  Why are they so much more wiggly?  Has something changed at home?  No, it's just the heat and humidity.  Every summer is like this.
They are all over each other.



Zack especially, is very touch - needy.

With the heat lately, some days I feel like I could hold him in a bear hug constantly, and it still wouldn't be enough. The kid attacks his brother in hugs and AJ hugs back, also needing the pressure and sensory input. You might expect that it's handy having twins who have almost the same sensory needs. That they can give each other the input (the squeezes and pressure) that they both need.

Unfortunately they usually just end up hurting each other. Neither one knows when to say "when" and if I don't stop them, they keep at it until one or the other is crying and they are both a sweaty, writhing mess.

So this is a tough time of year for us, and we are particularly miserable with the extreme heat we've been experiencing the past few days. Lots of time shut indoors to avoid the high 90s and humidity isn't helping their sensory needs, either.

Swimming helps. We might have to throw them both in the backyard wading pool later.  If I can stand being out there.

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