DS is 4 1/2 and 4 weeks into public pre-k. He is an incredibly smart and funny little kid. He has always been a little challenging (nothing major, just strong willed and a little quirky). But in the last few weeks, I have been piecing some things together and I really think that he's got some sensory issues going on. He sucks his fingers and has recently started chewing on his shirt (and other fabrics--like the towel that he dries off with after a bath). Sometimes, he even swallows the fibers because he "likes it" (his words). He has always been one to constantly rub and knead on us with his hands and feet if we're cuddling or in bed. Haircuts are traumatic unless we use LOTS of bribes and distractions and even then, we get maybe 5 minutes to get his hair cut. Trimming toe and finger nails is a pita. If we're watching a movie and it comes to a more intense part, he'll cover his ears. He doesn't like loud noises and will cover his ears. He is an extrordinarily picky eater. Is reluctant around splashing water (I say reluctant b/c we have recently been able to convince him that splash pads are fun). And, um... what else... oh a friend of mine who is our counseling teacher (DS attends school where I teach first grade) told me that the first day in her class (during specials) he kept raising his shirt to go rub his belly on the window in her classroom. He loves to roll and rub his head in sand and pea gravel... I don't know... there's a lot... and it has intensified since he started pre-k. It's not like I didn't know these things about him before... I guess it's just that when he started sucking and chewing on his shirt a few weeks ago, that really bothered me and I started seeing the big picture.
So far, I have informally filled out a short sensory profile that I got from our school psychometrist. I scored him at 142, DH scored him at 141 (141 and lower is "definite difference" and 142-? is "probably difference").
What's my next step. Should I give it another month or so for him to adjust before making an appointment with the ped? I don't think he would qualify for OT through the school (it's got to be pretty severely limiting to get school OT services, and so far it isn't keeping him from being able to participate in the classroom). Our insurance coverage for OT sucks (we have to cover the first $1000, and only 20 visits are covered... and all the visits that we pay out of pocket go toward the 20 visits... so basically, they'll pay for 2 or 3 visits). Could/should we get a 504 so that he can have some modifications in the classroom (like straws to chew on, a cushy/bouncy seat, or something?). I guess I just worry that if we don't address it now, that when school becomes more academically structured, he will really start to stuggle and get singled out. I want him to enjoy school and do well... I actually think that he would do better at a montessori program (because he's a very motivated learner and does well with self-initiated stuff). But we don't have a montessori school income, so that's not an option.