We are moving along on the SPD journey. We have been doing lots of reading & making little accommodations along the way for dd1, and it's amazing how much of a difference it makes.
things like: not having the radio on during meals or stressful times has cut WAY back on the screaming. -letting dd wear goggles in the bath has helped immensely
-giving her a stool to put her feet on during meals helps her sit still.
It's amazing too how I find my attitude has shifted--rather than feeling like I am accommodating Ms. Pickypants for the 400th time, I feel MUCH more compassionate towards the things that are really bothering her & I am much more able to be flexible.
Also it's been really encouraging to see how dd has started to identify things that are bothering her in appropriate ways. I forget what specifically she said yesterday but something to the effect of being annoyed by a certain noise. It is so helpful! Then we can address rather than her turning into a screaming, bouncing off the walls, mess!
We are waiting for our official OT assessment on June 28th. We have finished with the child psych for now, who suggests addressing dd's sensory issues before doing anything else. She ruled out ASD for us, which is helpful though.
I am feeling pretty positive about this whole thing
It's funny how many times I had considered SPD in the past but dismissed it because she didn't seem 'that' affected...talk about denial!
Dd2, age 2, seems like she might be a little sensory seeker (unlike big sis who is more of an avoider). She loves to climb & touch everything, hates being sticky or dirty & hates wearing shoes! But it seems to provoke less intense behavioural reactions in her, which I think is as much temparement as anything else.
So far we've read Raising a Sensory Smart Child and Building Bridges...looking forward to reading more.