If I wasn't convinced that TL was working before, I sure am now. With the Christmas approaching, I've been packing orders for my Etsy shop or writing and I've been in a serious time crunch. Unfortunately, I haven't been as consistent as I should be with the headphones. I don't know why I let myself lapse; I know how much it helps him. I knew that skipping headphone would mean a bad day the next day. By nighttime, I'm just too tired to fight with him to do the headphones.
Yes, it's a struggle to get him to do the headphones. It's even worse after a few days off. When he hasn't worn them for a few days they are scratchy and hurt him because he is more sensitive to the feeling of the ear pieces. He also just doesn't have the patience to sit and listen to them.
We play games and do puzzles for headphones time. It's special mommy and Caleb time and that makes him a lot more willing to sit with me. I think he knows now that the headphones help him feel better. He's almost five now, so he can recognize that he feels better after headphones and brushing. He doesn't know why, of course, and he can't yet tell me when he is out of sync. That's a big goal for us in the next year for him to recognize when he needs something to help him regulate.
Tomorrow, we do headphones. Yes, it's Christmas Eve, but he needs to get back in sync.