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The Better Behavior Show with Dr. Nicole Beurkens

Nov 15, 2021

This weeks question is from Carrie,

“I really struggle with my own sensory needs when my kids get loud and upset, especially when it goes on for a while. I have auditory sensitivities, and I just feel overwhelmed when they are crying and carrying on. How do I meet my own sensory needs when my kids are getting loud and chaotic?”

In this episode, I will address effective tools and strategies for adults when they experience sensory processing overload due to their children being dysregulated, loud, etc. We often only think about the child and their emotions when they are dysregulated, but it is just as important for us to check in on our own emotional state. Sensory processing disorder in adults is common to some degree. Even if it isn't a diagnosed disorder, it's likely that most parents struggle with this at some point. Whether you've been home with the kids all day or you've come home from a stressful day at work, it can feel like major overload for parents when their children are dysregulated and upset. The simple strategies I discuss in this episode should help!

Episode #57 and episode #62 (about EFT) are full of really great resources as well.

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Episode Intro … 00:00:30

Listener’s Question … 00:00:55

Parents Struggle with Sensory Processing Disorder Too … 00:01:20

When Kids Get Louder, Parents Need To Get Quieter … 00:03:20

How To Mitigate Auditory Sensitivities for Parents …  00:06:15

Vagus Nerve Reset Activities … 00:08:22

Proprioceptive Input & Tapping … 00:10:50

When Parents Need to Step Away … 00:13:08

Episode Wrap up … 00:14:30