8 years ago when we got our first sensory training I was skeptic but I had plenty of energy to try this out. Yesterday when we had our 7th training (who’s counting…) I was mainly tired. Our OT is young and full of energy and it seems the more energized she is the less I’m (conservation of energy…).
This is our second child with sensory issues. She had early intervention OT till she was 3 and wait listed for another year for continued OT, and now as she turned 4 we finally got it.
During this time we created and launched SensoryTreat. For almost a year I was hoping to try out our products just as a parent, but our phones were occupied with testing new versions of the app. Finally we have an opportunity.
What is my main experience as a parent undergoing sensory training?
Well first of all my feeling was of disruption. These new tasks disrupt my days. Can I seriously commit to all these things? I guess my face disclosed some of these thoughts (I wonder if therapists could read our minds…) because our OT said: why don’t you start with twice a day. Just do the oral work before lunch and dinner.
Sounds easy, right? Lunch is kindergarten teacher so we are left with just one thing we need to do. We already have a box full of oral toys, we know what to do, we understand why we need to do it, and yet we haven’t done a thing today! The day past and I don’t recall even thinking about the sensory HW we got only yesterday…
When I did remember, it was too late, dinner was over. This is a little embarrassing. I spend most of the day working on SensoryTreat related work yet I couldn’t find 5 min to do sensory activities that’s my daughter’s OT said…
So now I’m going to set up the app. I’ve done this thousands of times during development and testing but I have never done this for me, for real!
So now I’m going to stop writing and set up my daughter’s sensory program on the app.
Oren Steinberg, parent and co-founder of SensoryTreat.