One of the strategies for jump-starting the ADHD brain is to have a protein-rich breakfast. That’s a challenge for people racing to get to school and work on time at the tune of Mission Impossible in their heads. Wait, is that just me? Well, I’m in no way Ethan Hunt—I’m really more like Maxwell Smart, so don’t judge. All I can say is that I try, TRY, to have some things ready to go—like breakfast.
If there’s one thing you should know about me is that, when it comes to household chores, cleaning, organizing, and decorating, I suck out loud at all things related to keeping a tidy home. Of course, it doesn’t help that we live in a small apartment and that my “bedroom” is a multipurpose room that functions as an office, dining area, TV room, reading space, play area and bedroom. And then, there are projects and Legos… But it hasn’t been all that bad—my son’s room has always been the more organized space in the apartment. I’m giving you all this unsolicited information so you’re not judgy of what I’m about to share with you. In my defense, I blame the many goodie bags and crappy toys that overstay their visit by at least 5 years. Also, a death in the family can claim at least an entire closet for a loved one’s belongings.
Kids with SPD usually struggle with eating because it’s such a multi-sensory experience. A child with sensory processing issues has difficulties with food textures, flavors, and smells because they can be overwhelming. I think it’s ok to offer veggies processed in different ways other than just cooking in order to keep things varied.
I love a good vegan recipe, even though I haven't been vegan for years. This one is adapted from Mary Vance who is not only an amazing holistic nutrition consultant but also a powerhouse of knowledge. I’ve changed it slightly to appeal to my son’s palate. Since he has food sensory issues and some aversion to nuts, I make this recipe a little sweet. He has enjoyed it for years, and even renamed it “baking fudge” because vegan and baking apparently are the same word, and I sure as hell ain’t gonna be the one correcting an adorable recipe name.
As you know, origami is a beautiful Japanese paper art tradition. It’s also a multi-sensory activity, involving hand-eye coordination, bilateral coordination (using both hands is so important!), patience, sequentiality, focus, detailed instructions, and the magic of turning a two-dimensional object into a three-dimensional one.
So, my ADHD/SPD kid has taken on origami this past month, inspired by an Around the World unit at school. Like many ADHD children, he has laser-sharp focus when he’s interested in something, but the addition of Sensory Processing Disorder, along with delays in fine motor skills and visual perception to the mix, caused him to literally fight with his body to accomplish an origami project. There were tears. There were screams. There was howling.
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