10 Things a Parent of a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder Wants to Say to You
10. Oh, how he loves!
There is not a malicious bone in my son’s body. He happily pets our cats generously saying, “Look, Mommy. Zoey loves me! I love Zoey, too.” He’ll parade around with his stuffed dog, Chase, and tell everyone what a good dog he is and how much he loves Chase because Chase is a police dog. He’ll throw his arms around your neck and tell you how happy he is to see you because he loves you “so so much.” He’ll make you feel like a million bucks because, to him, everyone is his “best friend in the whole, whole world.”
In a word, my son is love… pure, unblemished love.
Please remember that the next time his sensory challenges leave you frustrated or confused. Above all, simply remember he is capable of giving and receiving love. Next time a sensory-craver like Vincent has a meltdown, respond with love. Push aside your own frustration and confusion because it pales in comparison to the anxiety he feels on a routine basis.
Respond with love, too, to the parents of these children. Do not discount us as bad parents or folks to be pitied for having a “problem child.” Far from it. We love our children and are proud of them. We are joyed at being given the opportunity to unwrap their potential and can’t wait to see how they change the world.