At every appointment, assessment, doctor’s visit we’ve had, one of the questions thrown into the pile is inevitably, “Does Little Bear have any sensory problems? For example, is he bothered by loud noises or does he find clothing tags especially bothersome?” Both Papi Bear and I always answered quickly, “No, we’re lucky. He’s completely average in that sense. Once in a while when he’s really stressed and really tired, crowds and noises will bother him or he’ll cover his eyes if there is a sudden change of light, but in general, he’s completely fine.”
Little Bear does, however, have a tendency to bite me. Not bite everyone – just Mama. Okay, that’s a lie. He also uses his teeth as a weapon against his brother, but in all fairness, he’s never bit his brother when he hasn’t deserved it. When he’s with me, however, it’s just something he does on occasion. Sometimes he does it when he’s hungry or tired, but other times it just seems like he’s doing it just because. We’ve been to redirect the biting, but now it’s morphed into pinching at the same, or even higher, rates to the point that sometimes we just don’t know what to do with him.
His PT told us that she suspected that he was doing it for sensory reasons. His OT agreed. Yesterday he began therapy with his ABA specialist and she specifically asked me about the pinching/and biting: how often, why, who, etc. I told her at times it seemed like hunger/sleep/sibling rivalry, but at other times we really had no idea why he was doing it or how to handle it, and I expressed the suspicions that his other therapists had suggested. She confirmed that she, too, would consider it to be a sensory issue before behavioral and recommended we buy chewy sticks and stress balls for him.
Here, amazon. Take my money. Make my son not pinch me. Please.