Wisdom Comes Suddenly

The Ear Comforters

April 17th, 2011 · 6 Comments


I’m so busy that I’ve succumbed to camera phone pictures.  I don’t drive around town with my Nikon pulled out, ready to snap, just in case the kids are cute in the car.  We commute 40 minutes to school one way, so let me just say, my girls are rarely cute in the car.  Irritated yes, adorable…no.

One of Sara’s many diagnosis’ is Sensory Integration Disorder.  In layman’s terms, just look for the kid crying in the corner of the loud gymnasium with his hands over his ears and his head down.  Sensory Integration kids’ nerves are just bunched up, all the time.  Everything is louder and more stimulating for them than it is for the rest of the world.  Touch, smell, sound…everything.  Sara can smell someone smoking a cigarette through an open car window, up to 5 cars away. I can’t begin to tell you the hours we’ve spent in discussion about smells, because she catalogs smells everywhere we go.  Sound is especially difficult for her, either prolonged or loud.  I described to her Occupational Therapist that at many times, she just looks like she wants to collapse into herself and rest, away from the world.  Her OT (who is the world’s greatest, I might add) suggested noise cancelling headphones.  She said they are great for kids who just need to shut out the world for a little while, and regroup.  We bought a brand called “earmuffs“, and they were available in hot pink or blue.  Kelly got a pair too, because I’m weak enough to spend $23 to keep the peace.

Sara was so excited when they came in the mail.  She slapped them on after school, and within 2 blocks, she had named them “The Ear Comforters”.  This is a picture Grandmommy snapped of her while I drove us home from school on Thursday.  When we got home, she woke right up, and returned to playing as if she were completely refreshed.  Since starting therapies (which I will blog about soon), her mood and coping abilities have grown remarkably more even.  Don’t even get me started on her performance at school, because we have an entirely different child than we had 6 months ago.

The progress has occurred in baby steps, but the wisdom about our Sara?  That came suddenly.  Godspeed to any of you out there whom have kept a quiet house, avoided overstimulating situations, and maintained a military-style rigid schedule in order to make the world more tolerable for your child.  Godspeed to us all.



Tags: CelebrateCalm

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Blessings from a Wildflower // Apr 17, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Lori, I’m happy to know there is comfort in a pair of earmuffs for Sara…And as a Momma Your the Best! Can’t wait to learn more…of Sara’s Story…As your knowledge will benefit others….

  • 2 Teresa // Apr 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Sweet! …and yep! she looks relaxed…

  • 3 Aunt Jenny // Apr 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Cool ear comforters! I’m sorry, but she looks way too long and tall in that picture! When did she grow up?? 🙁

  • 4 The Momma // Apr 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Aunt Jenny,

    Tall and thin. Hmm, wonder who that reminds me of? Maybe…YOU?!

  • 5 Take a Look In My Closet | Hands Free Mama // Apr 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm

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  • 6 Kittymama // Apr 23, 2011 at 12:09 am

    I think my baby needs some ear comforters too; he’s extremely sensitive to sound and can hear the rustling of a single candy wrapper from a mile away (you can tell he also has an extremely sweet tooth, bad, I know). He used to enjoy his noise-canceling earphones but these days, we can’t get him to use them again. More sensitivity issues, this time with things that touch his head.

    And I’m glad you touched on military-style schedules, too, because we live a life exactly like that, Mondays to Sundays, our days remain the same, mornings to evenings. Spontaneity is suddenly a fearful thing. Even unexpected visits can throw off our days. But for all its rigidity, it works and brings us some peace. 🙂

    Bless you, Lori, and your house full of warmth and love. I always enjoy my visits to your blog.