Being a parent brings new challenges to your life, but one that might have surprised you was constantly feeling touched out. Your child is tapping your arm, the furnace is humming, and you're beginning to feel like your head is going to explode. 

So why is this?

In this episode, I sit down with Larissa Geleris, MS, OTR/L from Steady Parents to discuss parenting and sensory overload. Larissa is a licensed occupational therapist specializing in the identification and treatment of sensory processing dysfunction. 

Originally a pediatric therapist, Larissa experienced a life-altering concussion and experienced severe sensory and motor challenges. She soon realized the knowledge she used for her patients was helping her cope and that she could use this to help other parents who are experiencing overstimulation, overwhelm, and dysregulation. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is sensory processing? [9:44]
  • The three senses you've probably never heard of [10:20]
  • How parenting impacts our sensory processing [15:00]
  • Why are noises and touch so triggering? [24:58]
  • Proactive strategies for sensory overload [37:50]
  • Larissa shares a strategy to use in the movement for sensory overload 40:20]
  • How do we get our partners to understand what is happening to us? [42:00]

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I'm Not Your Shrink is a podcast aimed at helping you feel connected to yourself, to others, and to live a life aligned with what matters most to you. I bring you clinical knowledge and evidence based research, along with experiences of sitting in the therapist chair along with being a wife and mother. I'm joined by subject matter experts to talk about everyday issues we all face to change the dialogue in your life.