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I think my son (almost 5 yrs. old) has sensory processing problems. So, we're making an appointment with an Occupational Therapist for an evaluation.<br>
Is there anything else I should be doing? Anyone else I should be taking him to? I'm clueless, and too overwhelmed with my kids to go on google searches to figure it all out.<br>
Thanks!
 

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Have you gotten any books yet? My favorite is <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Raising a Sensory Smart Child</span>. The sensory "bible" is of course <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Out of Sync Child</span>, then there's <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Sensational Kids</span> which is supposed to be good.<br><br>
This support group was my lifeline when ds was initially diagnosed:<br><br><a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SID-DSI_AllAboutKids/" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SID-DSI_AllAboutKids/</a><br><br>
Wonderfully supportive and informative, consisting of parents who have kids with sensory issues and autism, and kids with solely sensory issues, so the focus is all on the sensory stuff. They are a very helpful bunch.<br><br>
Umm mmm mmm.....thinking....my focus has shifted so much from sensory to autism that my memory banks are clogged. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
The author of TOOSC has a website that's helpful:<br><br><a href="http://www.out-of-sync-child.com/" target="_blank">http://www.out-of-sync-child.com/</a><br><br>
Start there, just breathe. When is your OT appt? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Thank you! I signed up for the yahoo group, but there's no way I can keep up with it - it's way too active, and I don't have enough time during the day. I have the same problem reading a book right now. I borrowed "The Out-of-Sync Child" from the library last Thursday, and so far have only made it past the Introduction. I've given DH the assignment of reading both the yahoo group and the book while he's at work. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> When I'm not taking care of my newborn, I'm dealing with my older son. It's nonstop around here! Right now I'm getting a short break while the baby naps (on and off) and DS1 is listening to a poetry CD with his headphones. I'll check out the website now!<br>
It looks like the OT appt. will be next week! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Oh, I totally feel you with the group being so busy....man, can those people TALK!! The daily digest option is much easier, try that.<br><br>
As for the book, the only way I managed to read any book when ds was younger was by reading 1 or 2 pages at a time <span style="font-size:xx-small;">while on the toilet.</span> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: Stick the baby in the (empty) bathtub with some toys, and voila...you can read/poop in peace for about 3 minutes, which is enough to read one page. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Ya do whatcha godda do, kwim?<br><br>
Right now, just try to read what you can, and gather what info you can (that doesn't make your eyes glaze over), and just hang out until the OT eval.
 

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Finch has given you some good resources. I really like Sensational Kids and the Out of Sync Child - The Out of Sync child is a bit easier read first, and kind of helps you 'find' where you child fits. Personally, I think Sensational Kids has better ideas for dealing with the issues.<br><br>
Some other good links:<br>
The SPD Network: <a href="http://www.spdnetwork.org/aboutspd/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.spdnetwork.org/aboutspd/index.html</a><br><a href="http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/" target="_blank">http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/</a> - has a particularly good list somewhere of activities<br><br>
Easy things you can do at home:<br>
Provide lots of opportunity for sensory play - water play, sand play. Put beans or rice in a bin and hide toys and have him look for them. Let him scoop, pour, etc. with water or sand. (We have a huge sandbox in the back yard, and a kiddie pool - and I'm OK if my kids mix the 2.) Let him play with playdoh, silly putty, and other stuff with textures.<br><br>
Provide lots of opportunity for 'heavy work' - lifting, carrying, dragging, etc. Our ds loves to do the recycling. He'll put all the newspapers in the bin, and carry it outside (sometimes needs our help). Watering with a watering can is a favorite of ours too. Laundry, carrying groceries, carrying books are all good things too.<br><br>
Provide lots of opportunity to jump, climb and swing. Jumping and swinging are often particularly calming to kids with sensory stuff.<br><br>
Sometimes foods can be used to give sensory feedback - so things with a definite crunch or texture, chewy things, etc. can help some kids. (Make sure he's not likely to choke, obviously.)<br><br>
If you need your child to be able to sit still for a few minutes, try some sensory stuff (jumping, carrying heavy things, sensory play) first.<br><br>
Mostly what you need to do is 'ordinary' kid stuff, but with more focus. Our son has benefitted tremendously from OT.
 

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This site has a lot of activities that you can involve your DC with. Some of them will help with letting you do something else<br><a href="http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/sensory-integration-activities.html" target="_blank">http://www.sensory-processing-disord...ctivities.html</a><br><br>
ETA: opps I didn't read your post Lynn <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Just wanted to quickly pop in here to say Thank You for the help! We're doing math right now while the baby naps, so I have to go back to cutting manipulatives... But, thank you!!! I'll look this thread and the websites over in more detail as I'm able!
 

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Did the eval today. He's a sensory-seeker. And has problems with crossing the midline and with holding crayons/ pencils/ etc. And his eyes don't move a certain way after been turned around a lot, or something. We're starting weekly OT, and she'll talk to me about a sensory diet soon.<br>
DH is having a hard time accepting that he's not somehow to blame for this. I'm just relieved to finally know for sure.
 

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Wonderful, glad you got a dx. Well, sensory seekers are slightly "easier" to manage in that they tend to not freak out at trying new activities. I have a sensory avoider, and that has been...um...interesting. LOL. Did you get a good feel from the OT? <span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Out of Sync Child Has Fun</span> is just chock full of ideas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Tell your dh it's not any more his "fault" than it's his "fault" that your ds has his eye color/hair color/mannerisms or what have you. Some kids are just wired differently, period. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I just saw this post and was confused because I posted something with the exact same title without seeing this!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Anyway, I just finished reading "Sensational Kids" and it was good. I'm glad you were able to get some answers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 
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