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Hello! I am Leslie, mom to Austin 6yo and Kyndal 10mths. This year I kept getting notes home from school about Austin and his behavior. They wanted to label him as ADD or ADHD...his teacher was implying. But I just didn't see it. I know he loves to talk and move. So, I had to take DD to the DR a few weeks ago and mentioned it to their ped. She suggested I read The out of Sync Child. I read it and it desribes my son. So now I am trying to get him into OT, but it is looking like the wait is 6mths to a year. They are claiming there is not eough OTs.
Any suggestions on what I can do for him in the mean time? He loves movement. Loves to hang upside and loves to jump and swimg. He is on the high engery side and isn't withdrawn at all. I have read the out sync child has fun also.
The best idea's I can give you is getting a small trampoline for him to jump on, like the kind you do exercises on. A weighted blanket might be helpful, my son has one and it calms him down, he sleeps with it every night, it gives him the pressure input he craves. Giving him alot of heavy lifting ( I know it sounds weird), like burying him with couch cusions and having him dig his way out, or having him help you move furniture around, etc. Any thing that makes him use his muscles, but nothing that is too heavy that he is having a rough time toting it around. My son (who is 4) loves to play with messy stuff (like shaving cream, pudding, etc) and his dinosaurs, he has me bury them and he finds them. That might not be suitable for your 6 year old though. Anything else that gives him input is great.
Spinning him might also be beneficial, whether it be on a swing or just holding his hands and swinging him around you. I can't think of anything else right now but will let you know if I think of anything else and I hope this has helped.
Welcome to the SN board
I would call your DS's Dr and see if they can get you referral to a developmental pediatrician. That would be my first step. Maybe find a play group with other kids his age w/ similar issues. Good luck hon! KUP
Is it a 6-12 mth wait just for his evaluation? I hope not, that could mean another wait for actual therapy. Check the wait times for all neihboring Childrens Hospitals' OT. Most of them have satalitte branches closer.
Welcome to the board! While I would work towards getting an evaluation I would focus most on what YOU know about your child, I hate that so many things are over diagnosed. I am not saying you should not push to get therapy and answers, just remember you know your child better than the doctors do.
Nothing new to add about ideas, but welcome to the board!
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