Children with Sensory Issues

Ariana King, Photo Editor

Many children have sensory issues. The important thing is to catch it at an early age. My brother, Barrett Andrew Beers, has sensory issues. He is the most precious little baby you have ever seen. He is about 19 months old. He seems perfectly healthy, but nothing was more heartbreaking than when his mother got the call saying he had sensory issues. She cried; and there is no shame in that. All parents want to do is make sure that their kids are happy and healthy. While he may be happy, he is not exactly healthy, well, not in the way his brain functions. Now he must go to therapy. Therapy is not inexpensive. Not everyone can afford that. Some examples of the things he does that are not normal are: banging his head on stuff for comfort and putting everything in his mouth even though he should have been grown out of that phase by now. It will be a long and drawn out process to help Barrett. Maybe it would not be a bad idea to donate to organizations for adolescences with sensory issues. The only way to help solve this mental illness is by his going to therapy. While my brother may grow up to be normal, not everyone is as lucky. If you are a parent reading this, do not worry. It is not your fault. My stepmother did everything correctly after she found out she was pregnant. She is one of the best mothers I know. She does everything by the book. Barrett has a schedule and everything. All we can do is sit back and wait for him to get better. Standing from this perspective, it is difficult to watch because you just want the best for the people that you love and when they you do not understand what they are going through, it is heartbreaking. All you can do is hope for the best. Please, keep Barrett on your mind. We would greatly appreciate it.