When I went to Eastern Europe to get Axel, I brought along lots of things to keep a boy busy in a hotel for two weeks! I brought construction paper, markers, crayons, scissors, straws, glue sticks, and cotton balls, plus the usual cars and dollar store toys. I also brought along play dough.
Um...Axle doesn't do play dough.
He was extremely resistant to even touching it with the tip of his finger so I put it away, figuring we'd work on that when we came home.
So we'd been home a few days when I broke out the play dough again. I took it out of the can and plopped it in his hand.
Who knew he would start GAGGING? Like HARD gagging!
Ok, so clearly there are some sensory issues going on. I haven't seen him react this way to ANYTHING else, only the play dough. The Occupational Therapist at the International Adoption Clinic suggest we start doing some shaving cream activities, along with bowls of beans, sand tables, so that's what I set out to do. But, before I could do that, he had a poop in his sleep episode. I had gone into his room on my way to bed to make sure he was still ON his bed. (he's usually hanging off it, head first) and it was hard to ignore the fact his room reeked! Wow, I thought...that's one gassy boy! I had no reason to think otherwise because he's not had a single toiletting problem since I got him. The next morning I heard him awake (he usually won't come out of his room until he's told) and went in to find him standing naked in the room with a very guilty face. Hmmm...no sign of his pull-up though. I had only to follow my nose to find it behind his dresser! Little sneak! LOL As soon as I pulled it out, and said, "Axel' what's this?" he started gagging again.
I got him cleaned up in the tub and dressed, then together the two of us took the yucky pull-up out to the garbage. The next day we had the exact same incident, minus the hiding of the pull-up because I had woken him up and since I was now familiar with the aroma, I stayed while he got his pajamas off. The only problem was, he didn't want to take his pull up off while I was there. Again the guilty face. I helped him get his pull-up off and right away he started gagging, since it was full of poop.
This pooping thing is happening in his sleep, so I'm not sure what is going on. And really, it's a whole other post. What was interesting to me was the gagging. I can only speculate, but it's pretty clear he's gotten into BIG trouble for pooping his pants before, because he did NOT want me around to deal with it! But why the severe sensory reaction?
So Friday I got busy with the shaving cream. At first when I put it on the table he would have NOTHING to do with it. Nope, not even gonna put a finger tip in it. I had him count to three (since he's really into sign counting right now!) and told him that on "3" we were gonna put his hand in the shaving cream. First I counted to three and put MY hand it. I went to take his hand...with mine that was full of shaving cream...and he was NOT happy about THAT thank you very much! So I used my other, clean hand and held his. I had him open his hand flat like I did, and together we signed 1...2...3! If it wasn't so scary for him, I would have been laughing hysterically at his facial expressions. But he did NOT gag!
The funniest part was he was frozen in place. He stayed there with his hand flat on the table, still in the shaving cream, but unmoving. He was frozen like this:
We did this a couple of times and then he was ready to take over from there. He played with the stuff for about 45 minutes! As it would start to dry out he'd ask for more. Oh, I was so very proud of him! And the shaving cream on his chest? Yeah, he was NOT a happy camper when he got an itch and scratched it, only to get shaving cream all over! LOL But he dealt with it well, and continued to play.
Now, if anyone has anymore ideas on handling this, I would love to hear them! Also, what about the pooping in his sleep thing? He did it again this afternoon during a nap and I was right there with him. He was sound asleep (as was I LOL) when it happened. I can see a new behavioral thing and pooping when he's awake, but in his sleep? What is up with that? He's pooping during the day so I don't get why this is happening. He doesn't seem to be constipated, so...hmmmmmm Any thoughts?