Throwing her weight around

throwing her weight around

“Stop throwing yourself around”

This statement is said with varying degrees of stress, frustration and volume at least a million times a day at the moment.

If she is not throwing herself off the furniture head first onto the floor, she is somersaulting on the beds, or trying to do handstands on the couch.

We send her outside and encourage her to use her trampoline to get her ‘fix’. Or use her skipping rope. Or just simply do somersaults on the soft grass.

But inevitably within 10 minutes, she is hanging upside down on the couch again.

I am pretty sure it’s linked to her sensory seeking ways; but this extreme is relatively new to us. She has always done the handstand thing (usually at bedtime), but the somersaults and the flips, the jumping and the rolling are all new.

It doesn’t matter if she is on a soft surface or not. In fact as I type this, she is doing a back bend, like some kind of crazy gymnast, over the top of a large plastic container. Leaning on it with all her weight. It must be digging in. It must be hurting.

Yet I have asked her to stop now three times and every time I turn around she is doing it again. She seems to have lost all ability to just. sit. still.

There doesn’t seem to be any fear about hurting herself either and to date we have been lucky, with only a few bumps and bruises. But this seems to only make her more bold, more adventurous; throwing herself from greater heights and taking bigger risks.

It’s only the first week of holidays and I fear she will end up in plaster before it’s over at this rate.

Tell me ASD parents, do your kids do this? Please tell me we are not alone.

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  1. 6ft 2, 110kg throwing himself at all of the things.

    Mini tramp was awesome until he got too heavy for it. I just pray that he doesn’t put too many holes in the walls running at them.

    I am pretty sure ALL of our kids do this.

    xx

  2. Isaac hurts himself but never notices straight away, only later.
    On the plus side he can now do a handless front flip.
    We start gymnastics next term.
    I’ve been thinking about posting about this, he is so, so strong and agile.
    So I’ve decided to start playing to his strengths… when he gets like that I sometimes play fight with him to help him get his fix.
    Also today I saw him pick up his same weight girlfriend and throw her over his shoulder… he can lift me! He’s 8 and covered in bruises, I live in fear that DHS is going to show up on our doorstep..
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  3. 1. If it hurts she probs won’t notice until its really painful.
    2. Heavy pressure, like the push of the plastic container in her back, or the whole hug effect she gets when landing on the couch at high speed, are likely calming, and perhaps the sensation she is seeking.
    3. Don’t tell her to stop. She just can’t. Instead tell her how it making you feel. Don’t hold back. You can be worried, stressed, upset, traumatised, terrified, angry, frustrated, betrayed, annoyed, exploding. She will spend so much time being confused by your emotions she might even stop for two minutes.
    4. If she is seeking it, then look for. Ore intense ways for her to get it. Like a skin tight Lycra pillow case she can crawl inside. Or go bungee jumping or rock climbing or just go swing on some super dooper high swings. Go swimming, bike riding, slide around the floors on a satin pillowcase, roll from one end of the house to the other, commando crawl into every room. Or wrap her in a straight jacket. Whatever works for you!

  4. My son is exactly like that too, he’d make a great playmate for her! We do the same things with encouraging the tramp and the swing, if you follow that with a deep compression activity it can help – crawling, tug of war, pushing against one another, “heavy work” – lifting and carrying things etc, anything to get deep compression into their joints can be quite calming.
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  5. my daughter thinks she’s an acrobat. She’s been doing headstands against my loungeroom wall and couch for over a year now. When she started school, for the first few months she kept complaining of headaches, I didn’t know what to do, she seemed ok. We kept telling her to drink more water. Had her eyes tested. Then someone suggested the chiropractor and seems all her acrobatic ways had cause a lot of neck damage, a couple of visits and she hasn’t complained since. Don’t they get it? Shesssh.

  6. My recently diagnosed 2 year old daughter has absolutely no fear and is constantly climbing, jumping and trying to somersault of furniture. We just this week had to remove her change-table, and move her from a cot to a bed (though she is far from ready) as she was constantly climbing in, out and on everything. She doesn’t appear to hurt herself, and even if she falls, she gets straight up and does it again. Drives me crazy…
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  7. My daughter sounds very similar and she is not quite three. From a very early age, almost the moment she could sit, she would rock in her cot and bang her head on the wall, or the floor between her legs. She is insanely flexible and so desensitised to pain it scares me on a daily basis. We too have a trampoline which she loves and of course rough and tumble with Daddy is always fun. Latest sensory input thrill is spinning (by us – very dizzy work) and flipping, although she puts her head on the floor and stares upside down between her legs at you, squealing for you to roll her over. It’s very cute. My understanding from our OT is her muscles are less sensitive so she needs to put pressure and stress on them to ‘feel’ them, thats why she tip-toes everywhere, to feel her legs. We tried her in a compression garment which worked magic, calmed her right down and made her less of a fidget pants. We ordered them from the US, I can find the link if it interests you? Also some sensory stores offer dimpled chairs and things to assist sensory seekers sit still. I’m sure you know plenty of places but I can provide more if you need xx
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