Ocupational Therapist Help-Sensory Intergration

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Are there any OTs (Ocupational Therapists) other there who can share ideas on some calming strategies/sensory intergration?

There are times when my 3 1/2 year old will get so upset that he has a difficult time calming back down. He get's so worked up that his face get's red, he sweats, is tense, yells.....nothing I say or do works. We have tried rolling him like a burrito in a blanket, using a yoga ball and laying him on his stomach, bear hugs, rocking. Although some of these work sometimes they work more for my husband than me ( I am at home with them more). Today it lasted close to 45+minutes. I get so frustrated because I don't know how to help him.

He also walks on his tiptoes and runs on his tiptoes most of the time. I have heard two different sides to this. Our ped. said that as long as he can come down and walk flat it is ok (which he can). I also heard that I need to find ways to increase sensory intergration. We have a trampoline (single person), we pillow fight, we wrestle.

I am in need of ideas, suggestions, and or help. Thanks!

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We have an OT that specializes in SID and is NDT Trained. These are VERY good credentials to have.. We go to Little Wonders. I have a son with Down syndrome and we deal with lots of sensory issues.. Including those that are keeping my son from talking.. Go online and search for OT's that specialize in SID.. and if it doesn't say, call and ask. Good Luck!

Michelle - posted on 07/10/2011

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my 4 year old has sensory integration she can't stand d noises so when airplanes fly by she flips out bad she goes to occupational therapy and speech i dont know what else to tell you since you have used all those ideas sorry

Jenniffer - posted on 05/12/2011

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I have 2 kids with SID and both have very diffrent needs. Brush therapy is amazing for both:) I also give them melatonin at bed time. My daughter who needs lots of input uses a pressure suit when she just cant slow down or stop moving. My son who get over done will soon be useing adutory therapy and a weighted vest. I hope the OT comes through for you soon.

User - posted on 03/03/2011

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I also have a son with sensory processing disorder. We went through his pediatrician to get him into occupational therapy (the school DO take forever and don't always so a great job) and it has helped him TREMENDOUSLY. After one year of ot he has made so much progress that he is a different child. I am so grateful to the ots that I can not even express it properly. He still has issues that come up and we have to learn to deal with them as they come, but it's nice to know that there ARE people to turn to that will know what is going on in his head and can help us to understand and deal with it!

User - posted on 03/03/2011

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I also have a son with sensory processing disorder. We went through his pediatrician to get him into occupational therapy (the school DO take forever and don't always so a great job) and it has helped him TREMENDOUSLY. After one year of ot he has made so much progress that he is a different child. I am so grateful to the ots that I can not even express it properly. He still has issues that come up and we have to learn to deal with them as they come, but it's nice to know that there ARE people to turn to that will know what is going on in his head and can help us to understand and deal with it!

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We are waiting for an OT eval from school but it is taking so long to back to us. Since we have started Gluten Free/Caisen Free he has been doing much better. I recently discovered that he does things in his sleep (I ended up sleeping with him while on vacation). He has always been a great sleeper. I think he has sleep apnea (from what I have been reading) and this could explain why he is tired all the time and possibly his behavior. I need to check into this also. I have been told that children with Sensory Processing Disoder need to do some sort of sensory activity about every two hours. Joint compressions have been working well for him.
Thanks for your response

Jennifer - posted on 01/22/2011

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My son has done the same things as your 3 1/2 year old. I suggest getting him an OT eval. My son is in OT and it is doing wonders for him. We do deep breathing, counting to 10, I havent had to do the burrito wrap in a while but I used to have to do that daily. How does he do with sleeping, that has always been a big issue with my son. hope this helps

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