Worth Repeating: “Sensory Seasons”~~ Why Falling Temperatures Up the Ante for Sensory Kids
[Source: LD Made Easy]
Transitions are particularly hard for some children and extremely difficult for most children with sensory issues. It isn’t just the air and the leaves that are changing it are the clothes that the children are wearing changes too.
They entered school in August when the weather was still warm and clothes were soft and light, are suddenly wearing heavier clothes. Clothes with waistbands, shirts with cuffs, bulky sweaters, all contribute to sensory changes. And they are getting unpredictably warm and then cold. For some children with sensory issues this produces a kind of “sensory chaos” and the changes in behavior mirror this confusion.
In addition there is the shortening of the days and it gets darker earlier and children with light sensitive sleep-wake cycles find themselves tired more easily or curiously awake at odd times
Children who were “doing fine” in August and early September are now distracted and not finishing work. Discomfort in their own skin can translate into discomfort with their personal space causing them to “bump into friends”, have difficulty lining up, or squirming in their chairs, etc.
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