|Genetics. I don't think there is a cause, its just how the brain is wired.
Originally Posted by KimPM
I don't know, but I do see a lot of issues in DS that are similar to mine or my mom's, only his issues seem to be magnified. With his personality, he tends to direct his needs outwards (screaming for something), whereas when I was young I tended to focus inwards and not ask/scream for anything.
I think it might be a bit of both of the above.
I can see so much of myself in my son. We have a lot of the same sensitivities...but his seems to be largly magnified and outwardly expressed as someone else has posted. Perhaps these sensitivities are genetic? ....like (off topic) how family members will have the same 'tastes' in food with similar likes and dislikes.
Which also makes me wonder...is it a learned behaviour or is it genetic? Does my son genetically love peanut butter...or has he learned that from me? Does he genetically have these sensitivities or has he learned that from me?
Which makes me think its both of that too. I mean, I know I have OCD and I am always cleaning and organising...but I dont 'freak out' and 'lose control' over something not being placed exactly in a certain spot like my DS does...he did not learn that from me!
Also - going on the off topic example - I have a friend who never met her father until last year...yet they still somehow share the same 'tastes' in food. (so she couldnt have 'learned' this in the womb as she shares the 'tastes' with her father - and she only just met her father for the first time)...which tells me thats genetic.
However- the brain isnt completly wired yet when a baby is born is it? So I can totally see how birth trauma can affect a baby/child! (and other traumas) I think my son had a traumatic birth himself. We call him a 'moth' because he has this strange facination with lights! Anything...he carrys a torch around with him...he just loves lights. They must do something for him. But thats all I can remember from his birth as well. He was born via section into these HUGE round (on the celing like UFOs) surgical white lights!
I once a article about births and how they affect our children. You get children who MUST be swaddles in order to feel safe and comfortable enough to sleep - and then children who cant stand, even to the point of 'freaking out' things around their neck to find out they were born with the cord wrapped tightly around their necks...there just might be a connection there!
When all the senses a baby is supposed to go through being born naturally...happen too fast and un-naturally...maybe it sparks something in them to make them have SPD. But maybe its both, because maybe only those with the gentic traight of it can have it 'woken' up within them. Like - contrversal I guess - but autism and vaccines. There are those that swear something 'awoken' - changed in their child after thier vaccine. So this brith trauma or whatever else 'woke' up this SPD???