I was speaking to a friend of mine, both of her sons (8 months & 35 months) have been diagnosed with SPD and I was sharing some concerns of mine. She says it sounds textbook.
I think, personally, that I have undiagnosed SPD (and it does effect the way I function, but it is manageable). I am just shy of 20 years old, and I don't know what do do about it (regarding occupational therapy, etc.), if anyone has info on that please chime in
Anyways, back to DD..
She's 26 months old, and here is some of what I had sent to my friend regarding DDs behaviors (this started as a convo about how artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup make DD bonkers, so to speak).
I'm not totally sure she has it, it's really hard to tell because she's so young, and I'm no expert ;] I think she's possibly just really sensitive to food additives (or they possibly make it more pronounced). That gluten sensitivity she had when she was a baby got better (a LOT better) but she still gets a bit whacky if she has gluten, which is very hard to cut out. I however have done tons of those online SPD checklists and holy cow do I fit the profile. But back to N... she's very fidgety, she's constantly picking at herself, for one. If so much as one little tag, seam, whatever is there, she's itching and fidgeting with it. She has a bunch of scratches and scabs all over her upper back (under her neck) and sides because of this. She flips out if water touches her head or face, even a little when brusing teeth (imagine baths!). She's really hard to get on a wake/rest/awake schedule. She's crazy clumsy (and I know I am as well). When she has a dirty diaper she flips, and the doctor we took her to (we thought it was a UTI, that's how extreme she reacts) mentioned that it could be behavoiral or a sensory issue. She totally freaks out when she's dirty and cannot eat messy foods (spaghetti with sauce) for that reason. For awhile she resisted anything mushy (yogurt, applesauce) and was on finger foods by 7.5-8mos old because of it. Only recently has she started eating softer foods, like mashed potatoes. She gets especially clingy with any one given person and then has separation anxiety when she has to leave them (even someone she barely knows, such as a friend of C's [note, C is my 15 year old SIL). Something else is that she NEEDS a heavy blanket to sleep. I do this as well, it will be 90 degrees and I have to have a heavy blanket on top of me. Anywho.. sorry for the book
but those are just some concerns. We have a new doctor now and I plan on discussing these issues with her... our old doc sort of disregarded me, as most docs do because of my age. Thanks for reading
So, fellow MDCers.. what do you think? Are these red flags? She had her doc refer her son to early intervention and they determined that he had SPD as well as his brother (dxed later). She recommended me to get a referral from our doctor.. we see her on Tuesday for DD2's 2 month checkup, so we shall see. Anyways, like I said- what do you think?
eta: totally forgot a big one. she's sensitive to temp.. when something is the slightest bit warm she flips and screams "it's HOTT!", even a warm bath. Even if it is just slightly above room temperature. Also, she's shy around strangers.