Sensory Processing Disorder

What kid doesn’t want to lick the spoon?

My kid doesn’t want to lick the spoon.  Nor does he want to eat more than a miniscule amount of pudding at a time, or use more than the very tip of his tongue to lick ice cream.  

Sensory oral defensiveness

What is sensory processing disorder?

Look, I’m no expert.  I’m just a mom, but this is what I have gleaned.   Sensory processing disorder (also known is Sensory Integration Dysfunction) is the inability to use information received through the senses in order to function smoothly in daily life.  Therefore these kids struggle with their bodies responses to ordinary sensations, it’s like a pattern interrupt, it keeps them from being able to organize their actions and interpret the input.  Also interfering with their ability to regulate their attention and activity level.  Now my son is primarily over responsive and sensory seeking, he also has regulatory issues, which means once he gets going he can’t calm himself down.  A child who has Sensory Processing Disorder sees the world as a scary, unpredictable place. One of my son’s coping methods is to try to control his environment.

Playing in rice for Sensory Processing Disorder
Here’s the thing, and I’m gonna remind you again, I am not an “expert”, there are so many things that are/were going on with him that I didn’t even realize were a result of the SPD until I had an outsiders perspective.  I just thought he was quirky, that some of the things he was doing were normal for a boy his age.  I was wrong.  It wasn’t normal for him to have to take all of his clothes often order to go to the bathroom, it wasn’t normal for him to line up all of his crayons before coloring (he actually rarely got to the coloring because the organizing got so important) It wasn’t normal that he would gag whenever he drank room temperature water.   It wasn’t normal that he didn’t participate in any of the mommy and me classes we took, that he either sat on my lap silently or ran around the room often disrupting the class.
One of my son’s coping methods is to try to control his environment.  You may think, how bad can that be?  Well, sometimes not bad when it doesn’t involve people.  Sometimes it’s just making sure all of the kitchen cabinets and drawers are shut tight.  Sometimes it also means all of the doors in the house have to be closed.  However, other times it means that all of the people in the room have to line up in a line, just so.  You may not deviate from the spot you are placed in, sometimes you have to sing a song, or march in a line around the kitchen island.  He has to orchestrate everything, as long as he maintains control of his environment, his environment can’t scare him.  This might be cute to an outsider, but a 3 or 4-year-old should not run the show everyday, and needs to learn to feel safe when he is not the director of the show.
Let me stress this to you, so many things about SPD are fixable, if you even suspect your child has it, get your child evaluated by a pediatric occupational therapist.  I would love to say ask your pediatrician.  I love my pediatrician, but when I brought up some of the concerns I had, she asked me if it was interfering in his ability to function.  Well, that was a tough call, and really not the right question.  I mean, he was functioning, he was talking above his age level and eating (although in an extremely picky way) and walking.  The thing is, if the behavior was not of concern to me, I wouldn’t have brought it up.  She said he’d grow out of it.  I was uneasy about that call, but she was the doctor.  So it was almost another whole year  before I had him evaluated.   The event that made me go over my doctor’s head was when we started indoor swimming lessons.  Isaiah loved the water and he loved to try to swim, but when we got to the indoor swimming pool, my happy-go-lucky child, silently wept as I coaxed him into the pool.  He cried quietly the whole lesson.  Lesson two was even worse, he clung to me so hard I had to agree to sit on the side of the pool where he sat stoically with tears running down his face.  He could not explain to me what was wrong, but being the observant mom I had been forced to become, I started to notice a pattern in the environments he tended to have trouble in.  The echoing noise in an indoor pool, the constant sound of running water, the humidity, the smells.  It was all too much for him, I withdrew from class that week, and the same week he was evaluated by an occupational therapist.

Patient Persistence

Ironically, I already knew he had oral defensiveness before I knew he had Sensory Processing Disorder.  You may find this impossible, but the truth is I had never heard of sensory processing disorder, and I did not know that what I called “his eating issues” were related to the other behavior I wondered about.  When Isaiah was two, he was still eating pureed baby food exclusively.  All of my friends kids were eating “people” food, Cheerios, pasta, bits of lunch meat you know “normal” two year old stuff.  It was really hard to be the mom who still brought the jars of baby food to our outings.  I don’t think any of my friends judged me, some were really nice and said, “you know it’s not like he won’t graduate high school because he won’t eat people food now.”   But I knew something was wrong, and I wondered if I was doing something wrong.  Luckily my older sister is a Speech Therapist, and when I finally talked to her about it I discovered this wasn’t normal behavior, but I could do something about it, and if I was diligent, he would grow out of it.  Well that was the best news I had heard in a long time.  And so the process began, I wish I could say it was easy, I wish I could say we saw results immediately.   That was not the case, but I had a coach, I had someone to rely on to support me and help me trouble shoot.  Most of all I was patient and persistent.
The best thing I learned was to never give up.  Every day I offered him the same food he wouldn’t eat the day before, he didn’t have to eat it, but it had to stay on his plate.  Everyday.  Then one day he would pick it up and smell it, the next day maybe he would lick it.  A couple of days later he might actually take a bite.  It was work, it was trying, but slowly it began to pay off.  Just to give you an idea of the time frame, Isaiah ate his first banana at 3 and 1/2, his first un-toasted bagel followed a little while after (still no toasted bagels), he had his first sandwich right around his 4th birthday.  He still hasn’t completely integrated all of his new foods into his daily routines, we still have to be patient.  It isn’t like a revelation, oh yesterday I wouldn’t eat a banana and today I love them!  It’s more like yesterday I wouldn’t eat them, today I will take a bite.  Tomorrow I will ask for one but only eat two bites, and two months from now I will ask for one but only eat half.  He still won’t eat a whole banana, my sister’s 1.5 yr old would eat two whole bananas in 5 minutes flat if you’d let her!  It’s like he’s constantly fighting an internal battle, his nervous system is saying “this is giving me the heeby jeebies!” but his cognitive sense is saying,”it smells yummy and tastes yummy and I really want to like it!”

Don’t Push too Hard

It is hard not to get frustrated, trust me I know.  I remember reading that when a child with SPD gets overwhelmed they often want to be held.  I read this section with tears running down my face, thinking of how many times my son at 2 or 3 would cry at the mall for me to hold him and I would keep on walking telling him to be a big boy, that he could walk.  I felt so guilty when I read that, I felt like a bad mom, I didn’t understand what was going on inside of him at the time.  Now I do understand, but you know what?  Sometimes I still feel the same way.  I feel like he “should” be able to control certain behaviors or reactions, even being as well versed as I am I still want him to “try harder”.  But he can’t try harder, he needs to be taught coping skills, he needs to be given sensory input every day in a positive way that helps his body learn to process the input he can’t control.  Knowing that your child has SPD is only the tip of the iceberg, and getting outside help is a necessary piece of the puzzle, but you are the one living with your child, and if

Platform swing for sensory processing disorder
you can’t help him get through the hurdles with love and patience he’s not going to get any better.   You are the only one who can assure your child progresses and actually makes strides.  SPD can get better, there will probably always be some sensory issues that your child has to deal with, but you will be amazed at the changes you will see.

What’s the bottom line?

I once thought Sensory Processing Disorder was fixable, I am not sure where I got that idea.  It may have been a therapist, a book, a website.  Trust me, I have done so much research on the subject that at this point I am not sure where the information floating around in my head has come from.  I now know that operating under the assumption that you will “cure”  SPD is a recipe for frustration.   What I have learned is this, once in therapy your child will show great improvement.  These improvements will make your life much more comfortable  however there will probably always be some issues you can’t erase entirely.  You may even decide it doesn’t matter that much if your child never eats pudding or yogurt, as long as he or she eats mostly everything else.  The important part of that piece is that you should be the one to decide.  This deciding should not be viewed as “giving up” as I mentioned early on, once upon a time my son wouldn’t eat anything but baby food, through patient persistence we eventually added many new foods.  Now, for whatever reason we are still stuck on a few, I still offer them to him, but I am no longer actively trying to conquer those last two pieces.   The Fact is, he is improved so much in the year and a half we have been in therapy.  However, he still does better wearing noise dampening headphones in busy restaurants or museums.   He still wants me to cut the tags out of most of his clothes, and we are still making strides getting our hands sticky.  He may always need tag-less clothes and feel overwhelmed when there is too much background noise, and how bad would it be if he always wanted has hands clean when he ate?  What I realize now, is SPD is for life, but the strides you make in early childhood are the ones that matter.  You have to take responsibility for your child’s future, and get them the tools they need so they can be successful in school and in life.  The thing is you can’t expect everything to get better over night.  Be patient with your child, do what your therapist suggests, and try to remember, that your child is not doing this on purpose.  Just that thought alone will probably change your family life 100%.

Where should you go from here?

You should probably start by looking for a pediatric occupational therapist, most likely you want a group of therapists because they will have the best facilities.  A lot of pediatric therapy places offer free mini-evaluations.  They are extremely valuable.  If you find the right place, you will probably know just on the phone.  The intake people know what type of questions to ask to make sure you see the right people.  When they do the evaluation

Sensory processing disorder and finger painting

they are always looking for very specific things and will be able to tell you right away if they think you are dealing with Sensory issues.  Trust me, they won’t yank your chain either.  A very good friend of mine was convinced her son had SPD and she went to the same place I take my son for therapy.  She had an evaluation and they told her he was just fine 🙂  Don’t be afraid to just check, if you’re wrong you’re wrong, but if your right you have given your child a chance to live in a world that isn’t scary anymore!  And by the way, the evaluation is fun!  It’s puzzles and swinging on swings, maybe going down slides, coloring, playing with blocks…it’s kid stuff!
I also believe every parent who suspects their child has SPD or knows they do should be REQUIRED to read “The Out of Sync Child” by Carol Kranowitz.  This book was a revelation to me.  We were already in therapy when I started to read it, but it helped me understand what was really going on inside of him in layman’s terms.  It really opened my eyes and helped me truly understand that almost all of the negative behavior we had seen was a result of his sensory issues.  This does not mean a free pass it just meant to me that he wasn’t trying to make me mad on purpose!

These are some recent posts I wrote about how sensory processing disorder effects my life I will list them from oldest to newest so I can keep adding:

The Commotion You Know is Better Than The Commotion You Don’t Know

Did Plastic Give Your Child ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Food Allergies, etc.

What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Modulate

How Bringing Waldorf into Your Home Can Help Your Sensory Child 

And Just When You Thought You Were Done Dealing With All Of The Sensory Stuff…

Rainy Day Balance Game This is a great activity for kids with Sensory Issues!

Please Don’t Forget Your Children Are Extraordinary!

It’s Still A Triumph

I’m Just A Girl, Parenting A Boy

No Angst or Venom Here

Sensory Processing Disorder Can Be Funny Too

Some websites I like:

http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com
this site is great for general information and has a great questionnaire that has a lot of detail and is a good starting point if you need one.
http://www.softclothing.net
This website has great clothes, they don’t have a lot of variety yet, but the clothes are super soft and tag free!
http://www.icdl.com This is a specific method for treating kids with sensory processing disorder, asperger’s, autism and other issues it is called DIR/ Floortime.  It is highly effective and treats the kids on the kid’s terms, which makes it less scary.
http://www.playproject.org
The play project is similar to Floortime, it’s worth checking them out.
http://www.alertprogram.com
The AlertProgram helps children who have regulation issues.  It is very effective with children who have reached a point when they can start to recognize the way their body feels when they get over or under stimulated.
http://www.americanapparel.com these clothes are not tag free, so I cut them out, however they are very soft and tight-fitting (slim, even if your child is slim, order a size up) which my son really likes.  When clothes are too loose I think they are constantly touching him as he moves.  When they fit closely, he registers the sensation once and then is fine.

As I find new great websites I will post them.

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  • Stacy Webb Senteney

    Wow…I had no idea that your son had SPD. Mena is Autistic and has sensory processing disorder, language issues (has a huge vocabulary, but can’t string words together), socialization issues, explosive meltdowns, echolia (repeating words and phrases when under duress over and over again), among other things Autism related. I cried when I read this, identifying with so many things, but I had to smile just a little bit when I read that Isaiah takes his clothes off to go potty. Mena does that too! She has to have ALL of them off. Anyway…love the site, love the way you write, your son is beautiful, and adoption rocks!ReplyCancel

    • Jen

      Stacy, Thank you so much!!! It’s funny how little we know about what goes on at home with our friends. The truth is, none of us are alone. And I’ll tell you this, I was once one of those people who looked at parents who couldn’t “control” their child in public and scoffed. How little I knew! How could I know? I hope I am forgiven for any judgement I passed in the past. Because all I do now. is smile with understanding. Please keep in contact, feel free to post any questions or just anything you want to bounce back and forth! I take my hat off to you for being a wonderful mom!ReplyCancel

  • Thank you for sharing these links. This is all sohmneitg I find I need to read up on. Daniel has this, but I don’t see the point in getting a formal diagnosis or making a huge deal of it…but it’s hard to explain some of his issues when I barely understand some of it myself. I’ll follow the links and hope to find some answers. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany

    I have an 18 month old daughter who at this point I am at my wit’s end and just can not handle and don’t know what to do anymore. My childcare provider, who is also a really good friend of mine, is also at the point she’s not sure if she wants to watch her anymore. Actually nobody seems to want to watch her EVER. So I started doing what I do best google. I started putting in some of her behavior’s and SPD popped up. Her Doctor won’t really listen to me and I am going absolutely insane. I am a single mom and have no help it’s me and the daycare. Can someone please help and explain to me what is going on with her and what I should do before I go insane. Please help!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Jen

      Hi Bethany,
      I am so sorry you are going through this. I had the same thing with my son, my pediatrician also thought I was over-reacting. As I say over and over again in my blog, you are your child’s ONLY advocate. When my doctor told me I was over reacting, I found a new doctor. I suggest you do the same. Doctor’s are a dime a dozen.
      Also, most counties offer what they call inter-agency early intervention when it comes to these developmental disorders that seem to fall under the “spectrum”. So part 1, I suggest you find another pediatrician. Do your best to meet with the Doc before you choose. The good ones will meet with you after hours I have found. Part 2, call your county and ask about early intervention for developmental disorders. Part 3 call whoever your local school district is, they should also be able to point you in the right direction for early intervention even though she’s not in school yet. AND the beauty of having an early intervention diagnosis is that you don’t have to pay for services until she turns three!
      If all else fails you will have to bite the bullet and research pediatric occupational therapists in your area, see if they do sensory processing evaluations. Some even do mini-evals for free. This is something you would have to pay for out of pocket, however I have found more and more insurance companies are paying for this. Even Blue Cross Blue Shield. So it may not be as much of a hardship as you think.
      The best part about Occupational Therapy for me, was listening to the way the therapist spoke to my son. Some of my most effective phrases came directly from her. And hearing the compassion in her voice helped me to see that I needed to remember my son deserved compassion.
      I also might look for a new sitter. Someone who has experience with special needs. We have care.com, do you? There are so many people looking for work out there who have experience dealing with children with developmental difficulties, and would have the patience your daughter needs.
      And PLEASE read “the out of sync child” PLEASE. Your daughter needs your love and understanding more than anything else. And she needs you to advocate for her, because no one else will!
      I wish you all the best!
      JenReplyCancel

  • Sami

    HI…I’m in the beginning stages of trying to understand what my 3 year old son is going through. I googled you and found you. After reading this entry I am convinced that my son has SPD…he just started OT had the free mini eval after my PED said he was just strongwilled and would be more challenging than other kids his age. I just ordered the Out of Sync child and it arrived yesterday and I have already found myself knodding in agreement. I haven’t received a real “diagnosis” as his OT says he definitly has sensory issues but normal motor skills…she during the free eval thought there was a fine motor delay but maybe now thinks not. There are other behaviors that my son does and I am curious how many kids have just SPD and how to determine if there is something else like OCD, ASD etc…I am sure you have more info than I but I’m am really struggling to find out where this came from…did I do this? Is this genetic? I always thought my little boy was just quirky and brilliant but obviously now am learning that he may actually have a disability and that’s a hard pill to swallow. I feel a bit alone all my other mom friends kids are “normal” although I dislike using that word…any additonal advice you can share?
    SamiReplyCancel

    • Sami~ My son had sensory issues with no motor skill delays, and also no problems with balance. His issues were that he wouldn’t walk on grass or sand, not being able to tolerate certain foods, not wanting to get dirty, being too loud, not being able to sleep, and more. But nothing with balance or motor skills. The motor skills are not required to point to SPD. BUT I want to say something you need to hear YOUR SON IS JUST QUIRKY AND BRILLIANT!!!! He is not just the label they are going to put on him. And I like to say he’s not “typical” instead of normal. I know it’s tough when you first start to navigate this road, but let me say this, catching it this early is AWESOME! My son is now 7, and he’s only a little “quirky” and he isn’t like other kids because I think sometimes part of this puzzle is an unusually high IQ. They may not process the sensory input well, but they may process language and other mental skills at a higher level then other kids their age. Isaiah had a very hard time playing with kids his age not only because of the sensory issues, but also because he didn’t get why they didn’t get what he was saying half the time! Now here’s something I also want to say that may go against what your OT says. Everyone wanted to label my son as OCD and possibly “on the spectrum” (which might include Asperger’s), but they were wrong. He used to line things up in a row, he had to have all the kitchen cabinets closed and often doors closed, he took all his clothes off to go to the bathroom, he liked his shirts buttoned to the top, those are the things that made them say maybe it was OCD. All of those behaviors were just a result of his SPD. They were not other disorders on top of the SPD. I would keep doing what you are doing, do the research. Read the Out of Sync Child, like you’re doing. Be the advocate. DO NOT LET THEM MEDICATE HIM! Often times SPD looks like ADHD too, but just think about what your world would be like if you could not process all the sensory input you were getting.
      Please just be your sons advocate, I was with him every step of the process. I supported him, when he couldn’t take the noise and brightness and people at the mall, I carried him. When a family event was overwhelming, I held him or I took him somewhere quiet. He couldn’t stand Rain Forest Cafe, so I didn’t force him. Be understanding, he is not doing all these things on purpose. Try to explain that to the people around him, don’t say “why can’t you….”, because he really can’t. I definitely think all the work we did on my son’s SPD brought us closer together, he learned he could rely on me completely, and that I would always take care of him. You might want to hear that he is totally “normal” now, but he’s not, and you know what? I don’t care! I love him this way, and I know that these “quirks” are going to make him a very special man someday. Don’t try to make him conform, just do whatever the OT says to help his body learn what to do, and keep yourself informed. It’ll be alright, I promise!!
      Please feel free to email me at jen@breaktheparentingmold.com I will happily communicate with you through this whole process if you want. I originally created this blog just for people like you! I want to be there for you, so just ask!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Sayle

    I am so glad I found your blog! My 5yr old son was recently diagnosed with SPD & we are still trying to make sense of all of this! Your blog puts it all into perspective. We just started OT last week. I pray that it helps him. My heart hurts when I see him struggling to play with all the other little boys in our neighborhood. He gets so frustrated & ends up leaving his friends upset. Thank you for sharing your story! Most of my friends have never heard of this & it’s hard to explain! Thanks again, I will be reading your blog often!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Amber! You’ve made the most important first step, now the next one is do everything your OT tells you to do at home. If he or she doesn’t tell you, then ask for “homework”. Also if you haven’t please read The Out of Sync child. It is a serious eye opener. I know how hard it is to watch your child have difficulties with peers. Believe me it gets better, but it takes time. See if there’s a “group” at your OT’s office that he can join, that can help, or even just one other child. Honestly, it still takes a special kind of kid to play well with Isaiah, but we’ve come a long way, and he is happy with the friends he has! Also did you check out the post of mine “the commotion you know is better than the commotion you don’t know”? That might help too.
      All the best!
      JenReplyCancel

  • I came upon this site from [http://www.whattoexpect.com/developmental-delays-in-children/sensory-processing-disorder-in-children.aspx]. On Monday, my husband I received a call from a lady who works for the same at home health care center that is doing our four year old’s speech therapy (which he just started about two months ago). She said she had been given a request to evaluate our son for OT and wanted to get our feelings on the matter. At first I was taken aback, but then I gave her permission. We talked a little on Wednesday and she did the evaluation Thursday at my son’s day care. We won’t know the results until at least Monday, but she said he definitely has sensory issues as well as motor skill delays. She also confirmed what we already knew — that he is a very intelligent kid. He is one of those that you show him something one time and he can figure out how to work it, from operating our DVR to a backhoe or tractor, he can do it (and he could operate a backhoe and tractor, while sitting in my father-in-law’s lap, by the time he was two).

    Anyway, reading different websites, including yours, I realize that many of the things my son did that we brushed off as quirks or age related weren’t just that. Like your son, mine felt the need to strip down completely to go to the bathroom — but only at our house. He no longer does that. His pediatrician had expressed concern at his four year check-up in August, but it wasn’t until a week later that his behavior become markedly different. Part of it I now see as him having been out of day care for six weeks then starting back in a bigger class (fifteen during the summer months as opposed to the normal six or so), moving up a class at church (from the 2&3 year old room in the nursery to a bigger class in another part of the church).

    He already gets stares and some comments, mostly from kids his own age, about how he speaks (he could say words but refused to speak fully until he was 2.5 years old) and even his behavior. It breaks my heart because I was teased a lot. I feel guilty because I try to be patient but sometimes I yell at him because I can only handle so much of a certain behavior, and until this week, I did not realize there was a reason for it. I am bookmarking your site so that I can use it in combination with the information the OT therapist gives me in order to better understand, and help, my son. Thank you for this site.ReplyCancel

    • I am so sorry I didn’t respond until now! Somehow your message wound up in my spam. I would love to hear how things are going, I am so happy if my website can be of any help!ReplyCancel

  • Sami

    Just checking in…its been awhile 😉 Headed tomorrow to start the process of my son’s actual medical dx. Have you written any new posts on SPD?ReplyCancel

    • I would love to hear how everything is going. Recently I’ve been talking to Isaiah’s birth-mother a lot about the issues her daughter and Isaiah are having. There are so many stages when it comes to SPD and related issues. At this age, he’s 7 and she’s 9, it becomes so much more about inter-personal skills, and that is so hard to teach. Especially since you can’t always anticipate the issue enough to pre-teach it.
      I have written more posts on SPD then tend to be more about relationships now, but if you look at the right side of my blog, towards the bottom there is what’s called a “tag cloud” it lists all of the various categories I tag my posts with, in the shape of a cloud kinda. If you click on Sensory Processing Disorder it should list all the posts I tagged as dealing with SPD. If you can’t find it that way, let me know and I’ll email you the links!ReplyCancel

  • Isaiah is so lucky to have you for a mama! Wow! Our stories do sound similar. Sadly, I think most parents of children with special needs have very similar experiences. I think the problem is that everyone has “quirks” and it is difficult for the “experts” to know at what point does the “quirkiness” pose a problem. Good for you to not give up, and to do all the things he needs you to do. I know it is not easy.
    I also find it interesting that so many of these “disorders” overlap. Elliot has a nonverbal learning disorder and he still, at the age of 12, strips off all his clothes to use the washroom. Ha, ha! Thank heavens their cute. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • I know… I remember telling my older sister (who is a speech pathologist, feeding specialist) that Isaiah takes all of his clothes off to go to the bathroom, and she said “And you think that’s normal?” she is my sister, so she’s allowed to get away with that talk, but it was the first time I realized that maybe some of the things I thought were “just quirky” were actually symptoms!ReplyCancel

  • Jen- I read this post last night and it stayed in my mind all day. You wrote about your son with such understanding and love and you informed me about SPD in a way that made sense. He’s lucky to have you on his side, even when you get frustrated. Bravo!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much Jean! It really is a passion of mine. Also, something I need to keep in the forefront of my brain, because the effects of SPD can also seem like a normal kid gone wild. For instance today he was screaming at the top of his lungs (in a way he thought was amusing) and chasing the dogs. I was flipping out. Then I remembered he had watched 2 hours straight of TV, while I had to deal with a ridiculous phone call. I had to remind myself to have some compassion for the way his body was “not” dealing with all of that input. It’s nice to be reminded of the good stuff though, so thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Jen, I just discovered this page. I am dealing with some similar issues with my son. We had a disaster of a day today, starting with him being uncomfortable in his clothes, and culminating with a fire drill at school. There were changes to his typical schedule at school, and he couldn’t deal with it. He had a melt down. He is the only child in his class who refuses to finger paint, and his eating issues are similar to your son’s. I was actually just talking to my mother tonight about getting him some help, and I definitely think it is sensory (last year’s teacher mentioned this, as well). Like you, I asked his pediatrician, and he didn’t seem to have any concerns. However, I think I am going to contact the OT directly to see what can be done. Hopefully, they’ll take my insurance. 😉 Thanks for posting this! It’s nice to see there are lots of resources available.ReplyCancel

    • Dominic

      Jen,

      I just stumbled on this blog and I love it. My son was just diagnosed last week. He just turned 6. He will be receiving OT at his school. Here’s my question. Will he make improvements at the age of 6? Everything I ever read says that the best improvements are made when this is discovered at an early age.

      Also, is watching TV and playing video games harmful or helpful?ReplyCancel

      • Jennifer Kehl

        Hi Dominic!
        I am glad you found me. I know that you have read that it’s best to catch SPD early, but the fact is at any age a child with sensory issues needs to learn coping skills. They once thought there was a “cure” so to speak, that you could grow out of SPD. They now know that it is not reversible, so what they thought was growing out of, was really just learning great coping skills.
        So YES OT will be great for him.
        And as for TV and video games goes, you definitely need to limit those. I have written quite a bit about media and sensory issues. My son is a really good example of how media effects kids with these issues. You can see it clearly in him because he didn’t watch TV until later, and still only plays video games on the iPad not a gaming system.
        So for me, I can see right away when TV or games are effecting him adversely. And it is quite frequent. Don’t go cold turkey, but definitely begin limiting the time, I think you will see a difference very quickly!
        Please feel free to contact me with any other questions!ReplyCancel

  • A great read for anyone starting their own SPD journey! Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely be checking out the links you have provided. Cheers, Julia.ReplyCancel

    • Jennifer Kehl

      Thank you! I hope you found what you were looking for, and that if you know anyone who needs it you can share with them!ReplyCancel

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