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Andrew has a pdd-nos diagnosis and is almost exclusively a sensory seeker.<br>
I have no idea why but suddenly he is way beyond anything we've seen before in sensory stuff and he's four. I need advice or thoughts or something to help me understand and help him because the ways he is seeking it are not ok.<br><br>
He is constantly pushing/banging on wooden sliding/partitioned doors that he can break--I think he likes it because they are loud <span style="text-decoration:underline;">and</span> have give (back and forth). I've tried to re-direct to the walls and drums and all kinds of things but nothing else sticks.<br><br>
If I tell him he can't bang the doors he immediately runs and slams chairs into the table or crashes his toys or slams doors. It's like he has a huge need to have both the noise and the movement input I think. He's not trying to get in trouble or upset me...it seems like a drive. I can't think of anything "good" to meet that need. He's also stomping around and crawling with his head on the ground and such. So I feel like something is going on sensory wise.<br><br>
He is constantly screaming--for fun--but screaming or yelling. I've tried to have him do it in one area but he seems to forget a lot. And the issue is I'm pretty noise sensitive and his twin is extremely so. So I have Andrew happily screaming and me feeling like I'm going to jump out of my skin and Caleb crying covering his ears.<br><br>
He's crashing into everyone (not new here).<br><br>
He's putting stuff in his mouth constantly. I'm afraid he'll accidentally choke. He is biting things and his brother. Not in anger. I really think it's sensory. He gets the feeling of biting and a "nice" loud scream and cry as a reaction. But the biting of his brother is new and upsetting. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> He keeps taking off his socks and putting them in his mouth to chew on. Which completely yucks me out because he walks around in those all through the house and in the bathroom and he's on antibiotics. I've tried giving him material and chew toys and washcloths and towels but the socks are always there so he reverts back to those.<br><br>
I feel like I'm constantly saying no and in chaos.
 

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Is he in OT still?<br><br>
Sounds like he's got some real need for serious input. Are you doing brushing at all? can you think of anything going on in your home that's out of whack - change of routine, new therapy, new foods, new anything? Different anything? Different temperatures, clothing, foods, anything?<br><br>
Can he just go barefoot to avoid the sock thing, and you give him some clean socks from the dresser to chew on? Maybe he likes the taste of dirty socks. Ick, but maybe so.
 

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Sounds like he needs some serious heavy work.<br><br>
A hammer, nails and a block of wood to pound them into?<br>
Lots of oral motor activities like blowing bubbles in water?<br>
some flubber so something to smoosh?<br><br>
If you want more activity ideas I just got a bunch of books from the library <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I don't know. I'd be going nutso too. I can't stand screaming and end up screaming back <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I'm really sorry!
 

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when I was little, our "music class" had these two peice of 1/2" thick X 3-4" wide X 12-15" long peices of wood, they were hinged at one end (think a 'V' ), and had handles at the other, so you could open them and slam them together, they made a loud clack and gave a jolt to the hands.<br>
I've also seen the same thing with two 12" peices of 2X4's and no hinge or handles, or just a hand strap on each peice... Could have a punching bag? wait, that wouldn't give the sound...<br><br>
as far as the socks... I've always just closed my eyes, and thought, <i>it can only make him more resistant...it can only make him more resistant...it can only make him more resistant...it can only make him more resistant...</i> unless, of course, he's got an immunodeficiency (sp???), then I would change his socks fifteen times a day... pin a sock to his shirt hem? put a spare pair in his pocket?<br><br>
could you... get a peice of wood, mount it top and bottom with straps (I'm thinging like orange tow-straps from checkers) to either an open area in the house, or from porch top&bottom, tightly, so that he can slam into that? maybe hinge a board on the backside so that is kind of slaps/slams/crashes on the rebound? (I have an exact picture in my head, I'm just not sure I'm making it clear) It seems like it would make the noise, and give the push back that the doors do...<br><br>
maybe a screaming room, with a recorder and headphones so that he can hear himself? they used to sell white ones with a red andle and a red mircophone and a blue casette deck, it had a speaker, but it also had a headphone jack... mount it to the desk/table/wall where you want him to scream, sothat he'll get the most input there... making it the most desirable place to scream (hopefully), attach to it teething toy, so he can sreams and chew to his hearts content!<br><br>
IDK, HTH.
 

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how about <a href="http://www.toobaloo.com/products/index.php?category_id=2254" target="_blank">this</a>?<br><br>
I really want one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Thank you all for the ideas! I'll have to sit down and digest them. Thank you! I'm a bit "off" right now because my heart is on the diagnosis thread upthread <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> so I'll may respond a bit more later.<br><br>
Can anyone remind me of the brushing protocol. We are out of OT. I still have the brushes but it has been so long since we've done it I can't remember the number of brushes and compressions and how often stuff.<br><br>
But I'm excited to try some of these ideas! Definitely I wouldn't have thought of these on my own. Thank you. Thank you!
 

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OP sounds like it is describing my ds in terms of sensory seeking (i.e. banging doors, etc), but DS also engages in head-banging. OT for ds should start in a couple of weeks, but I'd like to hear more about the brushes.
 

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Hi Rachelle,<br>
I am sure you already have thought of this. But do you think he could have some bacteria and/or yeast issues going on? I know he has a history so I am sure you thought of it. Only asking because when we treated Jordan's bacteria and yeast he stopped the happy screaming! He still stims like crazy but he isn't screaming.<br>
On another note, I copletely understand wanting to jump out of your skin. That is exactly how I feel when Jordan is going through that stage.
 
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