Spinning in Circles

Franklin’s sensory needs have gone through the roof recently, with no obvious reason. There hasn’t been any change to his routine, diet (still appalling) or sleep pattern. He quite literally bounces around the house, climbing on anything he possibly can, launching himself against and off the sofa, spinning and then rocking. His hyperactivity is that impulsive I never know what he is going to do next.

Franklin has a weighted vest which helps to give him some sensory input but that can only be worn for 30 minutes or so at a time. We also have a few other sensory items to help give him his ‘fix’, such as a spin seat, spin chair, rocking chair, trampoline, rocking horse, sensory floor mats, balance board, giant roller ball, weighted blanket, etc.  Ok so maybe a few was an understatement!

When he is in a heightened sensory seeking phase like this I’m nervous about nipping to the loo, in case I find him up on a window-ledge (again!). He has zero awareness of danger which essentially means he has zero fear.

Autistic children can often have overlapping symptoms of ADHD – Franklin definitely validates this theory. However he doesn’t understand the majority of the simple warning words like stop/dangerous/be careful/not safe. His minimal understanding of language can make his hyperactivity symptoms extremely difficult to manage… and fairly exhausting to be honest!

One of Franklin’s many common sensory seeking acts is spinning in circles (hence the name of my blog!). He will often spin while closing his eyes, looking down at the floor, looking through the corner of his eyes or while staring up at the lights. He is sensory seeking and activating his vestibular system. It gives off “feel good” sensations for him and can also help him feel regulated and (oddly) grounded 🤷‍♀️

When he first started spinning he was barely 2 and I’d follow him around in a panic, arms outstretched ready to catch him if he dizzily stumbled. It doesn’t seem to have that much of an effect on him though. He’s over it instantly when he stops. Not even a wobble.

I suppose I should be grateful at least his feet are on the floor (relatively) with the spinning.

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(just to clarify… we do watch other things than football!)