Our Sensory Journey Begins
Welcome to our first blog post. This is going to be a blog about stories – mine, other people’s, maybe even yours. What type of stories? Serotonin stories.
Serotonin is a brain neurotransmitter involved in sleep, depression, memory, and other neurological processes.
Serotonin affects how we interact with and view the world on a very basic level. Whether or not we have enough of this relaxing brain chemical, and our quest for it, causes us to react to or try to control our environment in different ways. My prayer is that this blog will give people the tools to better understand themselves and their loved ones on this basic sensory level so that we can interact with our environments and each other in more constructive ways.
I’ll start with my story.
Our journey began in May, 2012 when we adopted our little girl from Russia through Reece's Rainbow. Her insatiable appetite for noise and motion prompted us to do some research on what was going on and what we could do to help.
She came home weighing 18 lbs at age 2.5 not knowing how to play, afraid of her siblings, afraid of us. As she grew older (now age 8), most of these struggles faded, and she has become a bubbly, bright girl who is a joy to be around. But I started noticing some things that were different about her – her boundless energy (can run all day and then falls asleep in 30 seconds), her need of endless hugs from us all day long, her love of spinning. The day I attended an Empowered to Connect seminar and realized she had sensory processing disorder and possibly ADD/ADHD was an epiphany for me. Being able to put a name to it was huge. It helped me understand her sometimes annoying, rambunctious behavior in a whole new way. As a somewhat introverted person, I like quiet, and she is anything but. Some days I get really aggravated with her. It’s a lot easier for me to understand the behavior and be patient with her now that I know what’s causing it and have some tools to help her regulate.
She has had some areas of struggle. We had her in occupational therapy at PediaPlex for fine motor skills, which helped her a lot. But her biggest struggle was with reading. She has an exceptional memory and could read words on flash cards, but when they were together with other words on a page, it was like she had never seen them before. At that same Empowered to Connect seminar, they had recommended weighted blankets to help sensory seeking children regulate – calm down and focus, take them out of their fight or flight brain pattern. Since I like to sew, I decided to make her one. Honestly, I didn’t think it would work. I’m a skeptic at heart. But it really did help her calm down and focus. We were amazed! She has also done tutoring continuously, and that has also made a big difference.
This was how my business started, just wanting to make sensory children and adults’ lives better by giving them tools to succeed in their daily lives.
Through this blog, I hope to continue to do that – to offer my customers tools to succeed. I have tons of ideas of people I would like to interview and topics I want to cover. If there is one that is particularly on your mind that relates to anxiety, sensory processing disorder, insomnia, or adoption, please shoot me an email. I would love to hear it!