Challenged Hope

Grandmother raising Grandchildren with FASD in Hamilton Ontario Canada


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The Problem with Sensory Issues!

Sensory Issues associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Wake up! to FAS

Wake up to issues associated with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Sensory issues can be a real challenge for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. It’s not simply a case of the tee-shirt label irritating the skin; serious sensory issues run deep and often upset the person’s ability to complete daily tasks.

The Problem with Sensory Issues!

Hoarding is associated with sensory issues; though the hoarder is actually anything but. There is a misconception that hoarders love their possessions to a degree where they can’t let go and so begin storing and hoarding items long having lost use.

The Problem with Sensory Issues!

But my experience raising grandchildren with FAS has taught me otherwise. Hoarding comes from an intense distaste of touching used or unwashed items and so, instead of tossing the unwanted item as most people would, the individual avoids touching it, and it is left stored in their home.

The Problem with Sensory Issues!

The problem arises when the stored items become out of control. Items such as unwashed clothing, used food containers, newspapers, old furniture, etc. The build-up starts slowly and grows over years. Because hoarders are considered lazy, they don’t always get the help they need to get rid of their items, so the garbage fills the house and begins to smell. Only then is the problem recognized and the hoarder criticized for the problem, when all along, all it would have taken was for the so-called hoarder to be offered help for their sensory issues.

Two Decades Of Diapers

Barbara Studham’s memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers

The Problem with Sensory Issues!

Sensory issues are a large part of my grandchildren’s lives and often dictate their actions. Often misconstrued as defiance, sensory issues can mislead a caregiver into believing their child is refusing to clean their rooms, do laundry, or help with the dishes, but refusal comes from a difficulty in touching unclean items. Often seeing the remnants on a dirty dish or item of clothing as crawling bugs, the sensation of touching those items can leave the individual feeling nauseous. To read more on sensory issues, see my memoir: Two Decades Of Diapers, which describes my twenty years spent raising grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

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Sensory Issues

Every so often, I discover an interesting blogger who has experiences to share. One such person can be found at http://www.21andsensory.wordpress.com. This blogger addresses her Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), and because my grandchildren with FAS struggle with sensory issues, I found her tips helpful and informative. To encourage her to share her experiences and get the word out about sensory issues, please visit her website and leave a supportive comment. We need more people with sensory issues to blog, as it’s a topic discussed far too infrequently, yet sensory issues can have a profound effect on peoples’ lives.


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FASD Fact: Sensory Issues

Sensory issues can be a huge obstacle to individuals with FASD obtaining independence. It’s not just a case of the label at the back of the t-shirt irritating their skin. It goes much deeper, causing an abhorrence or fear of completing daily tasks like, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and hygiene. My grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome struggle daily with sensory issues, some severe enough to cause trauma. Read more in my memoir Two Decades Of Diapers, available in print or ebook from http://www.twodecadesofdiapers.com. Also available from Amazon, Kobo, and other fine ebook distributors. #FASDFACTS