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I don't think it was too much for a first post!
My dd (11) is highly sensitive. I brought her to an OT at 10 who said SPD but I think she's on the borderline of highly sensitive and SPD. Unfortunately dd was not open to going to OT - I think it would have been helpful for her, but not if she didn't go into it with an open mind. Being highly sensitive can be a gift, if you can learn to cope with it, and overall I feel dd is doing that.
I believe your school system is obligated to evaluate your dd if you request it. I'm not sure how helpful it will be, but it might be interesting.
A good OT place that has some experience with sensory issues is your best bet for help with the sensory problems. They can help her with a sensory "diet" and give her lots of coping skills. Insurance is kind of iffy on covering OT for sensory issues - some do, some don't.
Others here may have better advice for you. I could relate to the idea of "discovering" sensory issues in an older child, however. Good luck!
Its a family name here as well (last - my fathers side is Scottish) hehe - I had it on my list of names and it was the only name my DH liked! hehe
Whilst im confident in saying 'yes he has SPD' - I am not so confident or quick to say it but I do think he has PDD-NOS...which might put him just on the spectrum.
You know - I often wonder if I have caused this. He had a traumatic entrance into the world born via section. He had his first set of vaccinations (the 5-in-one and the men c)...Which caused swelling of his brain resulting in that horrible pitched unconsolable scream for hours on end (we dont vax at all now and never will again!) - no real known side effects of that but I have read it could be the cause of things like ADD etc...which makes me wonder if it contributed to/caused his SPD. But at the end of the day I cant beat myself up about it. When you know better - you do better.
My 7 year old almost certainly has SPD. Longs to wear jeans, but can't.
Wears hannas and seamless socks, etc. etc. .... Everything you describe fits SPD to a T.
In my kid's case, I think there's some learning involvement as well. Very touch and vision oriented (think unit studies and waldorf-y ways of "doing subjects.") Doesn't sit still. (We home educate.)
The Out of Sync child Has Fun is a great *practical* resource for rounding out the sensory diet. There are lots of things you and she can do to make it better. Lots of adaptations are easy and make life go a lot more smoothly. (For example, my dd wears crocs in most circumstances. She rides horses and willingly wears seamless socks and paddock boots for that.)
OT might be a really great idea. We haven't set it up yet, but there's referral network here that had both of the "good" SPD folks in my area on it: http://www.spdfoundation.net/
My dd is not on the autism spectrum.
Scottish here too
I keep telling myself to not "beat myself up" and only sometimes do I listen.
|While research indicates that sensory integrative problems are found in up to 70% of children who are considered
learning disabled by schools, the problems of sensory integration are not confined to children with learning
disabilities. SID transfers through all age groups, as well as intellectual levels and socioeconomic groups. Factors
that contribute to SID include: premature birth; autism and other developmental disorders; learning disabilities;
delinquency and substance abuse due to learning disabilities; stress-related disorders; and brain injury.
Research has identified autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as two of the biggest
contributing conditions as well as learning disorders (i.e. Specific learning difficulties), developmental disabilities
and fragile X syndrome.
|Usually youd tell your primary doctor/ped and they'd refer you to an OT for an evaluation.|
I just found out that the charter school does NOT provide OT for SPD. I will now go with the insurance route. I have a PPO, do I still need to make an appointment with out family doctor? I looked through some of the booklets that I have from the insurance and it looks like I will need to call them to get an OK before I seek out help with OT.
Laura - Mom to ds (10) and dd (7) "Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life." Brian Andreas.
When I asked her to please leave her sisters alone she said to me "but mom, I am sensitive"