My questions: Was it worth getting a diagnosis? How did you get that diagnosis? Is OT worth it? I want to help my little girl deal with her world as it is making her miserable.
Mama to Umberto 12, Camille, 9, Piper 7, Rowena 2, and Jude Therese Prenatal DS diagnosis due December 23.
If you have a concern, I would get an eval done by a qualified developmental pediatrician. Regular pediatricians are often completely clueless about this kind of thing. I think getting an SPD dx (or any other dx) is worth it if it helps you figure out how to best help your child. My son was evaluated by two developmental pediatricians, a neuropsych, and a psychologist. This many only b/c his dx is elusive and I kept getting differing opinions. There is still no consensus but ironically, the suggestions made by all 4 evaluators were similar. An OT eval was recommended by 3 of them and he now receives Ot for sensory integration since SPD is definitely part of his dx. The OT did the actual SPD evaluation. OT has helped and in particular I have learned how to help him at home and at school in his day to day life.
Good luck to you and your daughter!!
I will say without a doubt that getting him Occupational Therapy (OT) was one of the best things that we did for him. He's still quirky. But he's comfortable in his skin. He went from never taking his socks off to being able to wear sandals without socks, and even go barefoot. He went from not tolerating having his head below his shoulders to doing somersaults off the couch. Having his sensory issues dealt with also improved his social skills, because he was able to devote some energy to other kids rather than to trying to deal with the environment. He's still an introvert. He's still not the most socially adept kid, but he's OK.
For us, since I was 99% certain that ds had major sensory issues, we went straight for an OT evaluation. At the time, I didn't think he needed a full developmental pediatrician evaluation, because sensory stuff was his major issue. I figured that if there were other issues that weren't resolved, we'd pursue the evals for that later. (We did have him evaluated for anxiety a year or so ago, but the evaluator didn't think he needed treatment at that time.)
AMEN mama! Trust your gut!
OT has been a tremendous help for my son's SPD, especially the vestibular issues. We follow up with work at home daily too (trampoline, yoga ball, heavy lifting, etc.)
Good Luck to you!
DD (1/03) , DS (9/05) , DD (10/09)
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I also recommend the book "Quirky Kids" by Klass. It's comforting, can talk you through the maze of specialist, and talks about what the different dx's mean.
but everything has pros and cons
even so she wasn't was knowledgeable about over responsive kids as i would have liked. DS isn't in school so there were no school problems to report and he was a perfect angel at the evaluation. BUT she helped me design a sensory diet for DS that we did at home. we discovered that heavy work was really good for him and also other activities that are helpful.
i think it was worth it for my DS, even though we didn't do OT.
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