My daughter is three years old. She has an extremely limited diet (mostly carbohydrates, prosciutto, banana cake, pumpkin bread, occasionally omelettes) and breastmilk. I have done the SPD checklist http://www.sensory-processing-disord...checklist.html
and responded yes to many of the points in the tactile defensive section. Her main problem is extreme food fussiness - she also hates having her face washed and her teeth brushed, used to hate walking on or touching sand, screams if I accidently splash a drop of water on her, etc.
My problem is finding someone to help us. We live in Italy and SPD, or oral defensiveness, doesn't seem to be a widely recognised issue here.
I have found one speech therapist who works with children with eating difficulties, but I am reluctant to take my daughter to do therapy with her - we took her for an evaluation and she immediately condemned my breastfeeding her (she was 2 1/2 at the time). She thinks that breastfeeding has caused her reluctance to try new things. (Actually my daughter was born with a cleft lip and palate and I assume that that has more to do with it, at least the trauma of surgery).
I have an idea of the kind of therapy that I think would help my daughter, but that just doesn't seem to be on offer here. She did really well this summer when we were at the beach - soon got used to getting dirty and playing with the sand (although she refused to walk on the hot sand or wet sand where there was seeweed) jumped a lot on the trampoline - and tried a few new foods (while walking home from the beach)
I am unsure wether to keep going on with homemade therapy? I get her to cook with me, play with playdough, etc. Do you think it is possible to help her overcome her difficulties (which is really only eating) on our own? Or does she need professional help.
My pediatrician thinks that she would benefit from preschool and eating in a group setting. Problem is that preschools here don't have sand boxes, they don't use thick messy paint (which we do at home - my daughter will actually paint all over her arms now), and have only traditional climb on toys like slides. They do mostly 'neat and orderly' activities and I don't think that would be very beneficial for her. On the other hand it is difficult to ignore a doctors' suggestions, especially when she has been very positive about breastfeeding and not pushing food.
Does anyone have an OT they are really happy with, who has a good approach to food therapy and is pro breastfeeding? (i am sure that her breastfeeding is really the only reason she is well nourished). Do you think they would be prepared to talk to me either by phone or e-mail to discuss things I can do with my child, or what kind of professional help we may need?