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One of the Proudest Moments of My Life Happened in a School Restroom Today

Having a child with sensory issues and autism is not something I anticipated when becoming a mother, but it’s become my normal.

I have been hyperaware of restrooms for almost five years. The noises of flushing toilets and hand dryers, especially, are too much for my son to handle. They scare him, overwhelm him, can be physically painful for his ears, and he has had intense anxiety over them since he was a baby.

I frequently hold it if we are out so I won’t need to bring him inside of a public restroom. Potty training was extra-stressful as we had to assure and reassure him that he would be alright if someone turned on a hand dryer while he was going.

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