we just let him rock. and jump and bounce, we let him do what he needs (except for putting his mouth on things that are gross) to calm himself, i kind of feel ok about his rocking to make himself feel better, than him just freaking the heck out and not knowing how to calm himself.
our OT said that this stuff will never go away, we just have to find a way to make it manageable for him. so before we go out shopping (and before school)
he bounces on a fit ball for around 10/15 mins before we go. we also have crunchy/chewy snacks we bring with us, the chewing helps strengthen his jaw muscle (he cant chew meat) and also helps calm him. so like apple pieces.. or desperate times, like a curly whirl as its got chewy caramel in it. if it gets too much, ill take him to the bathroom in a stall and he will jump, then we do deep muscle massage, or very very tight hugs, then he goes on the tramp or the fit ball again when he gets home, we also do wheel barrow walking, and wrestling with his dad really helps too, because his body craves tight pressure
he will wear sunglasses inside, but he is at an age now where he knows not everyone does that, so he gets upset about little things like that.
we are about to undergo an intense deep muscle therapy in the school holidays..i'm feeling nervous and anxious about it but its gonna help.
for 2 weeks solid, every 2 hours, i need to do deep massage with what looks like a surgical brush over his entire body. its going to be insane!! every two hours! but the benefits will outweigh this time in our life. it really helps the nervous system readjust itself.