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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