Since starting the Gaps Intro Diet (our modified version) with A this last week she has been having some die off effects. See my last post for explanation. Along with her die off effects her tactile sensory system is on overdrive.
You may wonder what this means, this means she is overly sensitive. She normally has a hypersensitivity where she reacts negatively to light touches, having her hair played with or washed, avoiding “messy” stuff like paints and mud, and not a fan of clothes. With her system in overdrive she really doesn’t want anyone or anything touching her at all, this includes washing, holding hands, pants changes, clothes, dirt, bugs…nothing. Unless she asks to be touched then she doesn’t like it and will let you know.
Well, this is what prompted this post. A and I were out for a walk the other night and a few neighbor kids that are 8 wanted to play with A. She happily stood there and laughed with them at their silliness but immediately got upset when the little boy wanted to give her a hug. When she pulled away he said she was “weird and a bad baby”. I explained to him that she doesn’t like to be touched. He kept trying to touch her and engage her after that. By this point she was getting really upset so we decided to move on with our walk. One of the little girls asked me if she acted this way because she was autistic.
I responded no, she is not. However, I was in shock. While I understand the children are only 8 years old I just didn’t understand where the question came from.
Until, I realized how she was reacting to the touches from the boy. I can see how someone on the outside can think that may be a possibility. So I researched some great articles and ways to explain how she is feeling in case another child (or adult) has that response so that I may answer and not fall into shock.
This article is the one that spoke to me the most! It really explains how A is feeling and WHY she is feeling that way. Please take a moment to read through it. It really is important that A’s friends and family understand this about her most especially during this difficult time of healing.
Not only is the Intro diet healing her gut but it’s also releasing toxins. This is one of her ways that her body gets rid of the toxins. A regularly see the chiropractor and he is doing a wonderful job at working with A and her sensory system. At her last assessment we even got “homework” to help develop this system. We have seen improvements and know that once her gut is sealed she will make amazing progress!