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we've been trying to help DS with his behaviour for more than a year now. his problems are mainly at school during unsupervised play outside - he is aggressive and hits and kicks etc (seemingly out of the blue with no obvious reason). There have been some quite serious incidents. anyway, we had a meeting with his teacher this morning (felt like the most positive one we've had to date) and were discussing when his aggressive behaviour manifests itself and I was telling how he really dislikes loud noises and asks for earplugs if we are going to a concert or to the fair and he dislikes the cinema as it is too loud for him. His triggers seem to be outside on the yard (he has complained to me about the screaming and shouting); when all the children get their coats or bags (he doesn't like the pushing and shoving); when they all go to the bathroom to wash hands before lunch; if he is excited. These all seem to point to potential sensory overload problems, perhaps coupled with poor impulse control and a short temper! I have always felt that I find the classrooms at school overwhelming and a complete assault on the senses (all the colours, sounds, pictures etc.) - perhaps he is feeling the same way, although his behaviour in the classroom is very good. Do you think this might be spd? how can we best help him? we are seeing the speech, language & communication team and may be referred to an educational psychologist. I have thought about moving him to a smaller school as he hasn't been very happy and has not made any friends, but he doesn't seem so unhappy there at the moment and I don't want to make it difficult for him so that he has to start all over again somewhere new. I feel that we are just getting to know his teacher as well and there was talk of making some concessions for him, such as allowing him somewhere quiet to retreat to when he is overwhelmed. I am just so frustrated that it has taken so long to get here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">
 

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It definitely sounds like sensory issues could be part (or all) of the problem.<br><br>
My favorite book on the subject is: Sensational Kids by Lucy Jane ******. I don't know if you can get it in the UK, but if you can, I'd highly recommend it. I like it because it gives specific suggestions for modifications you can make at home and school to work with your child.<br><br>
Other links that might be helpful:<br><br><a href="http://www.cacap-acpea.org/files/May05ConsiderSensoryProcessingDisordersintheExplosiveChild.pdf" target="_blank">Sensory Processing Disorder in the Explosive Child</a> (.pdf file)<br><br><a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=9&ved=0CC0QFjAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.drcheng.ca%2Fpage1%2Fassets%2Fself-regulation-info_for_families.doc&ei=6DQES76fAoiyswPnj8S4Bg&usg=AFQjCNHKdgomGG94J4Gwstz32u8Tm_gc9g&sig2=OXwzA1qUJe28FwowvUU49g" target="_blank">Self Regulation, information for families</a> by Michael Cheng & Jennifer Boggett-Carsjens (word document)<br><br><a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&ct=res&cd=5&ved=0CBYQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.drcheng.ca%2Fpage1%2Fassets%2Fsensory_processing-school_recommendations-strategies.doc&ei=gjUES8DpDoi0sgO-l-W4BA&usg=AFQjCNGJGylnUqaGlVYChL4Th76Vayeunw&sig2=eyw5OtUr32t3Fme_PKMHRQ" target="_blank">Sensory Processing Disorders: Guidelines for Teachers</a> by Michael Cheng & Jennifer Boggett-Carsjens (word document)<br><br><a href="http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/problem-behavior-in-the-classroom.html" target="_blank">http://www.sensory-processing-disord...classroom.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/teacher-resources.html" target="_blank">http://www.sensory-processing-disord...resources.html</a>
 

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thank you for taking the time to post those links. I'll go and do some reading now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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