Tuesday, April 9, 2013

kid lunches | puzzle pieces o'plenty

This first lunch was one of Tyler's last week. The day prior when we were grocery shopping he spied the watermelons and began pleading for one. "Doze waddermehwens! I wan a waddermehwen! Der my faborit!". The shopping bystanders were all "awww!"ing at him and I was shamed into buying one. 

elephant trunck snack box - watermelon puzzle bites toddler lunch

Packed in our adorable elephant box:
- a mess of watermelon, cut into puzzle shapes with a Lunch Punch
- baby carrots and cucumber slices
- a spicy snack mix
- slices of salami and string cheese

A lunch for 5th grade Ethan -

Lock & Lock box lunch - puzzle cheese & homemade granola bites

Packed in a Lock & Lock box, with a smaller L&L on the side:
- cheddar cheese
- cereal bar and homemade granola bite
- pretzels
- baby carrots
- kiwi fruit, with a fun cocktail fork to eat it with

Of course the puzzle pieces in these lunches is a reminder that April is Autism Month and here is our lovely friend Amy to share another wonderful message about autism:
"Sensory integration/processing disorders go hand in hand with autism (although they can affect non-autistic people too). This means people on the spectrum are often hyper-sensitive (or under-sensitive) to sounds, tastes, touch, etc. As my son says, "I have super hearing and my volume is turned way up."

Among sounds he is sensitive to: the vacuum. In this picture, I had just warned the kids I was going to run the vacuum. His sister (age 3) rushed to him (age 5), covered his ears with her hands and said, "Don't worry! I'll save you!" :)

He is better at dealing with it now, although he still prefers to leave the room when the vacuum is running, and he has a noise canceling headset for really loud sounds, like the dreaded fire alarm at school. Happy
Autism Month!"

Isn't that photo of Amy's kids absolutely precious? Such a sweet sister. :)

Just as no two snowflakes are alike, not two autistic people are alike either (duh!). In my Owen's case, while he was very, very, very sensitive to sounds when he was younger, the vacuum was never one he avoided. In fact, he was quite obsessed with the vacuum. It was difficult to even clean the floor because Owen would be trying to hug the vacuum while I was trying to use it. There were times I vacuumed the entire house with him on top of the vacuum, with his arms wrapped around it in a big bear hug. :)  

But for years Owen's aversion to some sounds was affecting regular daily life to a debilitating extent. When Owen was five he went through a specialized auditory retraining program that helped him tremendously. Owen went from being unable to tolerate hearing children sing to singing along with them.  Amazing! :)  

Sometimes though, if Owen is having a bad day, or out of sorts, or just overtired he has a harder time filtering noise. Just a couple weeks ago Owen had to plug his ears while Ethan and I played cribbage, as the card shuffling was "too bothersome and annoying" (Owen's words). More of Owen's words that night: "keep it down! Those cards are too loud!". ;)
owen ears plugged

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Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Love it so much! Especially the point and counterpoint of the way our different kids manifest their sensory issues. :)

Sarah Mae said... [Reply to comment]

I don't have autism, but I do have misophonia and hyperacusis which are both sound sensitivity issues. It feels like all the noises in my world are assaulting my mind and ears and it is a very difficult thing to live with. Ear plugs have become my best friend--and I avoid large crowds/noisy places if I can. But simple things like a fly buzzing around or someone turning magazine pages not only aggravates me, but it physically causes pain in my ears. My heart goes out to children who live with similar troubles.

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