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[QUOTE=lauraess]Jahlia: wow, sounds like you have a very simialiar situation
<Good luck to you and your son! Please let me know if you dont mind what your visit to O.T. finds. >
I thought I would update you as to what I have been doing with my son in regards to his "not coming fully into his body” and immaturity.
After my last post I took him to see allot of specialists.
The first was something called spatial dynamics, a type of movement therapy
created by Rudolf Steiner, if I understood correctly. The man who did it immediately told me he was not used to working with children my sons age and indeed, he could not succeed in getting my son to follow him at all.
The second thing we tried was music therapy. The women who did it also worked more with older children. Although I liked her I just felt it was not what my son needed at the moment.
Then we tried something called Brain Gym. My son definitely liked this more. It works with sensory integration, which he needs.
Finally I found an occupational therapist who specializes in Sensory Integration dysfunction (SID) in young children. I’d been looking for one for a long time. She (the O.T.) was able to test my son and confirm that he does have SID, which explains why he gets over stimulated so easily and can not focus when in a large group of children, especially when there is allot of noise and the children are close to him. The O.T. also confirmed that he has problems with his fine motor skills. This explains why he is having so much trouble with drawing and writing.
On this point the O.T. differs with the Waldorf teachers.
Where as the Waldorf people were of the opinion that children's drawing develops on it's own and that if a child's drawing is not yet at first grade level the child should stay back, the O.T. believes a child with this type of disorder (also called Written output disorder) will not improve on his own and that he must be treated for it. The O.T. also felt my son should have been allowed to go to first grade.
Otherwise I find the anthroposiophical idea of "not being in the body" or of the "soul having difficulty incarnating in the body" not contradictory to the Occupational therapy’s idea of Sensory Integration Dysfunction.
So my son will be seeing both the remedial therapist at his school as well as the O.T.
And I have been so busy every day giving my son massages with different types of brushes, doing exercises with him (catching ball, wheelbarrows, crawling on his tummy like a lizard), taking him to the park now that it is nice for swinging and sliding on his belly, as well as working on his writing everyday!