I want to take credit for Zack’s loving, joyful nature, but of course I can’t. It’s how God made him, and believe me, it tops my gratitude list. He could be disagreeable or have violent outbursts because of the overstimulation of his sensory system that he experiences every moment of every day.
In the early years of Zack’s life, his emotions could be compared to a rollercoaster ride—intense and constantly up and down, with frequent loop-d-loops. What sounded like uncontrollable giggles most often led to uncontrollable wailing and tears. We spent most of our time trying to shield our little boy from unexpected noises, lights, smells, people, and a host of other things that easily overwhelmed his sensory system and brought on emotional breakdowns. It was exhausting, both physically and emotionally.