That's what I tell Isaac about the Christmas tree, but every time I put him next to it he gets really scared. You can see the look of hesitation on his face. He rolls over to the other side, but sometimes I catch him rolling halfway over just to take a quick peak at it. Silly boy!
I feel bad for him because he can't enjoy the tree or certain toys because they scare him so much. I can't blame the guy for thinking the world is a scary place. I mean, he's been through some scary stuff his short little life. The sensitivities are definitely neurologically related though. He simply can't handle loud noises, bright lights or new textures. His therapists have been working with him on this by bringing him quiet toys. We noticed that if they bring toys with bright colors he associates them with loud noises. Last week his teacher brought white cotton balls for him to pick up and place in a bucket and he wasn't scared of those at all. The OT has suggested that we start a technique where we brush his arms and legs. Here is a description of what we are doing. We're supposed to do this several times a day. We do what we can, especially with Isaac's full medication schedule. Autumn has lots of fun doing this for her brother and she likes making him VERY sleepy.