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Fighting the Fear
A Whispered Prayer Turned Blessing
No Sugar-Coating – Sensory Processing Disorder is Hard
The reality is that sometimes sensory processing disorder symptoms do interrupt our life. Jed gets overwhelmed by loud noises, chaos, crowds, and many other things. Sometimes that means he cries or is confused or struggles to function as a normal 4 year old. Sometimes it makes his stomach upset. Sometimes it makes him clingy or very emotional. Other times it might make him angry or he’ll retreat into a shell and hide in a corner. It does effect his life, and our life as a family, as we navigate sensory processing disorder and find ways to help him. I’m not going to sugar coat it for you. It can be very hard. But hear me again, sensory processing disorder will not define you, just as it will not define Jed.
The Blessing Becomes Reality
And how do I know this? Because people mention it to me continually. One person after another affirming to me that sensory processing disorder will not define Jed. I cannot tell you the number of people who comment to me about Jed’s smile. Or the multitude of people who cannot help but laugh when they hear Jed’s giggle. I cannot even begin to count the number of people who, just this year since diagnosis, have told me “I do not know what it is. But there is something about Jed that simply has won my heart.” A whispered prayer, turned blessing, turned reality. You all, sensory processing disorder will not define him. Sensory Processing Disorder DOES NOT define him. Nor will it define you or the loved ones who struggle with it.
You simply have to see beyond. To see the quiet moments in the midst of chaos. To see the joy shining from eyes that are sometimes clouded with confusion. And if you don’t see it, start listening. Someone will say it to you. Someone will see beyond the symptoms. Because sensory processing disorder will not define you.