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Hello! I'm a new poster to this board. I wanted to introduce myself and see if I can get some input from you all.<br><br>
I am the proud mother of 4 children, my youngest was just born 4 weeks ago. I have 3 boys and 1 girl. My oldest has some minor sensory issues (loud noises almost make him go crazy - we had one heck of a time at Disney World at times), but it is my daughter that is the reason I sought out this board.<br><br>
We believe she has apraxia, her speech teacher just recently diagnosed her after working with her for nearly a year. My DD will be 4 this upcoming Thursday and has an obvious speech issue - the ST originally thought it was just a severe articulation delay, but now sees that she sometimes loses her words and has extreme difficulty with some sounds and figuring out where they go (for instance Santa can sometimes be "sssss (pause) atta", "shhhh (pause) anna" or "anta shhh". She is receiving services through the school district, we looked into private therapy but our insurance didn't cover it and it was cost prohibitive.<br><br>
Anyway, we also know that she has sensory issues as well and put her on a waiting list to be evaluated through the private agency but they never called (this was last summer) and when I contacted them they had no record of my being on the waiting list and were willing to put her back on - with another 4-6 month wait. I brought up her sensory issues with her ST and she agreed that my daughter has some issues, not enough in her opinion to affect her schooling, but enough that she was willing to talk to the OT on her behalf and we are now waiting for the school district OT to evaluate her.<br><br>
Anyway, her sensory issues appear to be fairly mild - but something that I am really struggling with now that the weather is warmer is her absolutely terror of bugs. It goes beyond being scared in that she almost becomes insensible when confronted with our 6-8 legged friends. She is almost getting herself to the point where she won't go outside because of her fear, and I am at a loss as to how to handle this. I've dealt with fears before in both her and her older brother - but this goes beyond anything I know how to handle. She has gotten herself to the point where she is seeing bugs where there aren't any and getting the creeps (feeling them on her) when there aren't any (for instance it might be dirt or sand or something on her and she freaks out).<br><br>
I would love some advice on how to work through this with her. I don't know how long it will be before I get her evaluated and get services for her through the school district, especially as they normally break for summer. She will be in the special ed preschool in the fall and hopefully will get OT services as well as ST, but I won't know that for sure until May when we get everything together for her IEP.<br><br>
Anyway, Vivvy's speech is quite delayed, but she is extremely intelligent - although she is a fairly typical 4 year old in her ability to reason. I think that is where my struggle is coming?<br><br>
Okay, I have to cut this short (although I think I wrote a ton already) as I am nursing my youngest and my 2nd to youngest wants some lap time as well and that inhibits my typing ability <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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So sorry you're having so many frustrations.<br><br>
re: bugs - have you tried things like books about bugs, having a "bug house" to watch them interact (you know one of those clear containers for bugs to burrow around in), using a "fake" bug to get her used to a bug touching her, etc?<br><br>
my brother had a bee phobia growing up and it really made his summers a drag - because he was afraid to be outside!<br><br>
good luck,<br>
peace,<br>
robyn
 

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Regarding the sensory issues, I highly recommend "The Out of Sync Child Has Fun" by Carol Kranowitz. It's packed with simple activities you can do at home with all of your children, and an added benefit is that the activities have a way of stimulating speech from even the most reserved child. For noise sensitivity, we use magnesium supplements...you'll have to discuss correct dosage with a pediatrician, but it worked wonders for me (I've have ringing in my ears and noise sensitivity all my life) and DS1.<br><br>
Oh, and I also live in your state. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> There are some funding sources, public and private, that could pay for your dd's private ST, depending on which county you're in. We've been traveling to Ann Arbor every week for the past two years for a terrific private ST who charges less than $100 per hour.
 
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