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GABA for over responsive SPD?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
the more i read about GABA (an amino acid which acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain) supplementation, the more convinced i become that it can help both my DS and my DH (who are both over responsive). but i can't find anything on using it with kids.

anyone know anything or used it?

the thing i like (i'm taking it for cyclical anxiety right now), is you take it for a short time and it jump starts the brain into making more... and then you don't have to take so much and then can wean off. after just 2 weeks i was able to decrease my dose.
post #2 of 10
We take it, when I remember. :

We noticed a sense of calm. I like it.
post #3 of 10
How would this work for a child who is both sensory seeking and avoiding depending on the sense and the situation?
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by avivaelona View Post
How would this work for a child who is both sensory seeking and avoiding depending on the sense and the situation?

i have no idea. GABA produces inhibitory neurotransmitters in the brain. in OR SMD the sympathetic nervous system (the part of the CNS that regulates the flight or fight response) is very sensitive and is triggered very easily. the para-sympathetic nervous system (the part of the CNS that calms down the SNS) is basically non-functional.

GABA is a neurotransmitter that is that is usually produced by the PSNS to calm the flight or fight response.

i don't know what the underlying neurological dysfunction of sensory seeking SMD is. and i don't know what "avoiding" means. is this a diagnosis? the only types of sensory modulation disorder that are "officially" recognized are; over responsive, under responsive and sensory seeking (which some believe to be a type of under responsive).
post #5 of 10
In my experience with a sensory seeking child, I believe that it is actually a response to oversensitivity. I think that DS's experience of overstimulation is sort of like itching all over, making a really, really loud noise, for example, kind of drowns out the little, persistently annoying noises. I've definitely read authors who see it similarly. One book I read told of a mother having her child in for evaluation. Someone dropped a metal trashcan lid outside the window that reverberated so loudly that everyone jumped except her child, who showed no reaction. She was asked if her child was deaf and said, "Given that he will usually run screaming with his hands over his ears because someone is opening a candy wrapper two rooms away, I'd say not."

Back to the topic: if you learn more about GABA for kids, especially safety info and dosage, I'd love to hear about it.

Sherri
post #6 of 10
I know one child, a five year old boy, for whom GABA works well. Our doctor recommended Suntheanine instead of GABA for DD. We've been using the Suntheanine for about a month. It's hard to say if it's doing anything. It hasn't caused any problems either.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by JohannasGarden View Post
In my experience with a sensory seeking child, I believe that it is actually a response to oversensitivity. I think that DS's experience of overstimulation is sort of like itching all over, making a really, really loud noise, for example, kind of drowns out the little, persistently annoying noises. I've definitely read authors who see it similarly. One book I read told of a mother having her child in for evaluation. Someone dropped a metal trashcan lid outside the window that reverberated so loudly that everyone jumped except her child, who showed no reaction. She was asked if her child was deaf and said, "Given that he will usually run screaming with his hands over his ears because someone is opening a candy wrapper two rooms away, I'd say not."

Back to the topic: if you learn more about GABA for kids, especially safety info and dosage, I'd love to hear about it.

Sherri
what i read was that it's an attempt to reach a certain threshold of sensory experience. DS becomes sensory seeking when he is tired though, and he is totally over responsive. for him though it's a case of his whole system becoming overloaded and he just doesn't have any other way to discharge the energy. i have a friend who's DD is sensory seeking and for her it for sure seems a case of seeking sensory input for the sake of sensory input... it seems very different than what DS does. but she is a lot like DS in other ways... socks and sheets bother her, as do certain smells... so maybe for her it's a mixed kind of thing.

i adjusted the dosage based on the adult dosage. and i do notice a difference with DS's craziness (responsiveness) level.
post #8 of 10
I'm pretty sure they carry a liquid gaba for kids in our healthfood store. The label says something about ADHD.
post #9 of 10
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I'm pretty sure they carry a liquid gaba for kids in our healthfood store. The label says something about ADHD.
if you see it again will you send me the brand? i have not see anything like that online... but i did order a powdered GABA.
post #10 of 10
My son is sensory seeking with extreme over responsivity. He is 6 years old and 50 lbs. He takes 200 mg chewable Gaba and 100 mg of L Theanine in the morning. It has had the most profound results, he is calm, less agitated and less seeking. We've gone thru intensive OT therapy for an hour every day, brushing, listening therapy, etc. nothing has worked this well to treat his SPD. We just added VAXA Attend mini as an additional afternoon supplement. I highly recommend the amino's . They have given us sanity.
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