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So, I have two questions for you. One, can SPD cause a speech delay? If Corbin has it, it's related to touch mostly, though he does seem to have some signs of other aspects of SPD. Secondly, what kind of methods work for SPD kids to calm them down, get them to sleep, help establish a schedule, get them to listen, hold their attention, etc.? What kind of activities do you do with your child who has CPD? I'm kind of just looking for broad information right now. Who knows if he has SPD, or if he doesn't. I'd like to have some tricks up my sleeve to try though to see ho whe responds. Because I'm thinking maybe he does have SPD, and that's why he does some of the things he does. And if that's the case, maybe there's just a better way I could approach the normal two-year-old behaviors he displays that aren't currently being helped with the methods I use.
|OT has been IMMENSELY helpful to our son in ways that are mostly unrelated to school and yet important to a child's life.
He can now tolerate being in shorts/t-shirts. He's even gone so far as to wear sandals. Last year he was in sweatpants and long sleeved shirts in 90 degree weather. That meant he couldn't play outside when it was hot. Without the brushing protocol that we learned in OT, he would not be comfortable switching clothing according to the weather. I can't tell you how much easier just getting dressed in the morning is.
He can ride a trike and a scooter. Last year he could barely ride a trike. He can do the monkey bars on the playground. Last year he couldn't hang from them! All of these were helped by OT for motor planning. He can slide down the fire pole at the playground. He can do somersaults. Due to his vestibular issues, he couldn't do either.
He now chooses to draw and write. This fine motor control helps with academic stuff like writing too, but before OT he was avoiding ALL art - that form of creative expression was closed to him.
His ability to tolerate noisy environments (such zoos, children's museum) has increased markedly. They're still stressful for him, but he now ENJOYS them. He's also no longer terrified of loud noises. Oh, they still bother him, but he can control his reaction just a bit. Why does this matter? Well, his big obsessions these days are: fire trucks and buses. Before OT he longed to visit a fire station, but was too terrified of the possibility of alarms going off to actually go in the door. He wanted to ride the bus, but the sound of the air brakes going off when they stopped made it impossible for him. We now regularly visit fire stations and ride buses. In fact, the fascination with bus schedules and buses has been largely responsible for him learning to read. We're basically supplementing school with a 'unit' on how bus schedules are made.
OT has also helped with self-regulation, reducing his flight/fight response (ds's was totally flight, other kids have more of a fight reaction). He's better able to interact with people and his world because he's not so 'alert' all the time. He's not using up all his energy just making sure the world isn't going to do something unexpected (from his perspective).
In other words, his SPD, though mild, was interfering with the basic daily experiences a child is able to have. He often COULDN'T learn through experience because his system was too 'alert' for possible 'danger' to take in any information. Or, when he wasn't, he couldn't use his body in ways to help him make sense of the world around him. That's why we did OT.