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<p>Hello parents!</p>
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<p>How do we begin helping our 7 year old son? It finally clicked for us that he probably has some type of sensory disorder. Do we contact his public elementary school? Do we contact his pediatrician? Do we contact a specialist?</p>
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<p>A little background......</p>
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<p>Our son was what you might call "colicky" as an infant, cried a lot, did not go to sleep easily, did not nap well, woke up at night many many times and did not sleep through the night until about 5 years old. As a toddler, he went through a biting phase, and then the clothing sensitivities started...and continue to this day. It's mostly to do with his feet and shoes and how things "feel". When he was about 3 years old we did the Feingold program which seemed to help for a while with certain behaviours. We know he is sensitive to artificial colors and pineapple really sets him off. He is not very advenurous with food and has slight smell sensitivities also.</p>
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<p>A recent skiing trip really brought a lot of things into the light for us. Last year our son LOVED skiiing, much to our amazement since the boots are tight etc...but thi year he just could not get over how his jacket/hat and helmet felt and I ended up sitting with him in the ladies bathroom at the skii resort trying to work things out..but  it just could not happen. After many tears and some not so kind words said by both of us I realized that this is a much bigger problem than I can manage. What broke my heart is my dear son saying to himself that he was a "stupid boy"...broke my heart, that this is so hard for him. We dearly want to help him..but not sure where to start.  My son wears crocs type shoes all year long, only wears one type of wool sock, and refuses to wear jeans or pants other than sweat/sports type pants. Underwear used to be a big issue until we found ones that he likes, that are for 10 year old size. We let him wear whatever clothes he wants to, but its difficult in the winter in our wet climate with the croc shoes. And ye, we even got the winter furry lined crocs and croc winter boots, at the tore he said they were good (I was so glad) but at home they did not feel good anymore and so sit in the closet.</p>
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<p>So, how do we start to help him? What steps did you go through to get help for your child. I truly want to help him enjoy activites during his childhood that other kids enjoy, bike riding etc....</p>
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<p>We are in  Portland Oregon.</p>
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<p>Thank you everyone, I'm looking forward to any responses!</p>
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<p>Sylvia</p>
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<p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:0px;padding-left:0px;">First, big hugs. Its not always easy having a kid with sensory issues but it can be more manageable with the right help.  He does sound like he has pretty classic sensory issues. Having been through the same scenario a year ago with my then 6 year old, I would start by reading The Out of Sync Child and the activities book that goes along with it.  I'd also talk with your pediatrician and request/demand (depending on your relationship with them) a referral for an evaluation by a occupational therapist.  Then start looking for a OT who works with kids with sensory issues. In my experience not all OTs are the skilled in sensory issues and we spent 4 years with an OT who kept telling me there was nothing going on sensory wise but really she was just not skilled in working with sensory kids.  As far as school goes, my understanding is that the school system will provide services that help the child acquire the skills they need to get through school. Which means you may have to fight with the school to get services in place. But your best bet for coming up with a helpful sensory diet is probably going to be through a private service provider for OT.  My DD has made great progress over the last year with OT, a home sensory diet, and participating in a food group run by her OT.  </p>
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