Kristina - posted on 03/25/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )
My 4 year old had the classic SPD behaviors - finicky about clothing, freaked out by heaters, loud sounds, and sprinklers, never lets me trim her hair or nails, etc... We went to the OT 6 months ago, and after a hefty fee, of course, she found that my daughter had sensory issues. The entire evaluation was chaotic and downright unprofessional, and we had never gone back to her for therapy.
After the evaluation (if only I had done so before!) I started talking to my daughters preschool teachers. They are quite knowledgeable about SP issues, though obviously, they are not professionals. They were shocked that I would even think that my daughter had sensory issues. She acts like a completely different child at school. She loves to get messy with water and sand - invites being sprinkled with a hose. At home, she hides from sprinklers and watches other kids have fun with sprinklers through the window. They introduced a sensory bag (rubber full body bag the kid goes in) and my daughter was the first one to volunteer to climb inside. She does not melt down about every single thing at school, like she does at home. So, what is going on? If she had sensory issues, she would not be able to act differently at home than at school.