For some parents, the simple act of running a vacuum cleaner or serving new food for dinner can cause their children to have an absolute meltdown. And these aren't necessarily bad kids; they may simply have sensory processing disorder (SPD) — a condition that makes it difficult for them to correctly interpret sensory input. If that's the case, it's smart to know how you might be triggering your kid's sensory processing disorder without knowing it. Because something as simple as the scent of laundry detergent may be sending your kid into fits.
Although you're probably well aware of your kid's biggest triggers, there may be some minor, everyday things that also cause problems. From raucous birthday parties to the feel of sock seams, plenty of simple things may feel overwhelming to your kid. That said, you make a judgement call on how to deal with these triggers — some can be avoided, but others may need to be faced head-on. Cutting fingernails, for instance, has to happen sooner or later, even if it freaks out your kiddo. Of course, you don't have to take on these issues alone, and input from your pediatrician or an occupational therapist who specializes in SPD could be tremendously helpful. In the meantime, familiarize yourself with these everyday things that could feel insurmountable to your kid.