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Sensory processing disorders- who here has inspiring stories? 2 year old, possible dx


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April 28th, 2013, 08:02 AM
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My 2 year old has been seeing a therapist for 4-5 months now for sensory problems. At first he didn't qualify, they said he fell almost on an autistic spectrum but he was too advanced with his motor development and meeting all milestones, so they sent an occupational therapist out because they could tell by his tantrums that something was off. He said he believed it was a sensory issue, that he wasn't getting the stimulation that he needed, so he was looking for it elsewhere in not socially acceptable ways. In other areas he gets overstimulated? I am having such a hard time understanding, I have just learned what is ok and what is not and I can easily see when we're heading toward the danger zone! It's a little disheartening to actually be told there is something not right that they can't pinpoint, you know?

A few things he does: runs into things, touches everything, smells everything, gets easily upset and is unable to calm down, gets overstimulated very quickly which leads to several hour meltdowns, hurts himself when upset, can not go to social events, do NOT give him sugar or it's over, can't eat certain textures, needs everything LOUD, will not hold hands, will not cuddle, is unable to sit for more than several seconds, is unable to sleep through the night, when he finds something soothing or exciting he fixates on it for a couple of hours and melts down when it's taken away (wheels/ water/ door opening and closing), etc etc etc- does this sound like any of your SPD kids?


They do strange things with him like turn the lights off to calm him down, wrap him tightly in blankets, hug him tightly, put backpacks with heavy books on him, have him do "busy work"... it's interesting to me, I was kind of skeptical at first but he responds so well and does these things on his own now to calm down when he starts getting upset.

I guess I am just wondering how you felt when you were told this, or how you handled it? What helped you? Has your child changed/calmed down/learned to process things better after therapy? How did they handle school?

It's just very frustrating. I don't want to get mad at him for things he can't help, but where do I draw the line between sensory and normal toddler behavior? He's so unlike the kids his age that I feel like I just constantly make mistakes! Any insights? Inspiring stories?

Just looking for a little help here, haha! Thank you
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