Breathing Underwater

For children who have sensory processing disorder, sometimes the environment becomes more than they can handle.  Add some anxiety to that, and it can cause an explosion in the brain.  This happens to children with this disorder numerous times and can happen several times a day.  When teachers see this, do they know the best thing to do?  Most parents will tell you the children need space and not to crowd them.

I’ve heard these children say “I can’t breathe.”  For these children, they are obviously breathing, but their mind doesn’t register that.  They have so much going on in their synapses and they don’t know how to let it flow it naturally.  Everything gets stuck in there and it becomes too much for them.  Have you ever tried breathing underwater?  Unless you have protective gear on, you can’t.  This is what it’s like for these children when they hit this wall.  Now imagine an adult coming over and telling them to snap out of it or to pay attention.  This becomes an added bit of pressure to an already insurmountable situation.

Teachers and administrators at schools need to understand this.  They need to be fully aware of these situations so they don’t become worse.  I’ve seen where children are at this point and an adult, usually unknowingly, makes the whole ordeal much worse.  The next time you see a student get like this, try just doing nothing, or softly ask them if they want to take a walk, either by themselves or with someone they trust.  You would be surprised what will happen.

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

4 thoughts on “Breathing Underwater”

  1. Now take this scenario, where you have a child who is doing his best, a child who got a 4 on his DCAS last year, and now is deemed failing on the Smarter Balanced….. The normal response would be punishment, removal of electronics, and lots of people telling him to snap out of it….

    Breathing underwater… Soon happening to every child in Delaware…. The message needs to get to every parent these next four weeks….


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  2. a child who got a 4 on his DCAS last year, and now is deemed failing on the Smarter Balanced….. The normal response would be punishment, removal of electronics…

    But that is not what the test is for. “Failing” SBA has no consequences for a given student. The consequences fall on the student’s younger sibling when the school loses programs, loses good teachers, or is closed due to “low performance.”


      1. To be clear, I was speaking to those uninformed parents who might say to their children, you failed this test, you need to study more, you can’t watch tv of have access to your games… Please, please, please do not punish your child for his low score on this test… There is absolutely nothing he can do or could have done to raise his score… The Test is the problem… Not your child…. The test… is…. the…. problem……


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