My child is a child with special needs. One of the most recognizable examples is his difficulty to regulate his senses. A normal sensory regulation is being able to use all of our five senses- hearing, seeing, smelling, touching and tasting and taking all in an understanding the situation and responding to it. He uses the same senses but has problem regulating them properly. This means he can sense and feel something much deeper or harder than most of us, and in other cases- not feel it enough.
Sometimes he will hug you till your bones will break, not knowing his own strength, and other times if you carefully touch is harm he will jump as being bitten by a snake. He talks louder than others, but if you whisper in his ear he hears it like a scream. Even though I know this difficulty I still am surprised by some of his replies sometimes and I take the time again and again to help him get used to the environment and understand how to regulate his senses.
This difficulty is also noticeable in food-he won’t eat new things without touching them with his tongue first and sometimes if the texture of the food doesn’t feel ok in his hand he will refuse to put it in his mouth. For this reason I started cooking and baking especially for him, learning as I go how to make the “regular” things that everybody eats but in a texture that he will eat them too. His favorites are my chocolate brownies, which I make at least twice a week.
Chocolate brownie recipe:
-100 grams dark chocolate
-150 grams unsalted butter/margarine
-1 cup of white sugar
-1 cup of flour
-3 medium eggs
- Melt the chocolate and the butter on the lowest flame while stirring until blended.
- Add one cup of sugar and mix well
- Add one cup of flour and mix well
- Break the eggs into a bowl and mix them using a fork. Add a bit of the chocolate mixture into the bowl and blend, and then spill the bowl into the chocolate mixture while stirring until completely blended.
- Bake at 175 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes.