Sensory disorder

Beth - posted on 01/27/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Is it possible to detect autism or a sensory disorder when they are so young? My son has issues with some textures and has never liked to cuddle. He is already great at using silverwear, better than some of my friends kids who are two, because he doesn't like to touch his food. He pushes cars with only one finger, his pointer, and has done this since he was 6 months old. Why is he so different than my two girls?

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Tana - posted on 10/20/2010

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Beth - I commend you for being proactive and asking some tough questions about your son so early!! I am a firm believer in early intervention and following that mother's instinct! Our son, Caleb, started out with the same symptoms as your son. We actually had friends (special needs moms) who prompted us to seek services for him. Even though our doctors said "lets wait and see what happens" or "he will just grow out of it"; we asked to have him evaluated at our local health department by the Babies Cant Wait program. He was approved for services and has been getting Occupational & Physical therapy ever since (a huge help!) I have recently put him on a GFCF diet along with avoiding preservatives, pesticides, and chemicals in foods. He went from just eating pizza, mac n cheese, and chicken nuggets to now eating so much more. Caleb (will be 3 in December) has been diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder by his therapists (the doctors still are reluctant to acknowledge it) and helping him has not been easy but oh so worth it! We also have two older children that are considered "normal" but I am now noticing some links between all 3 in allergies....the two older just dont seem as sensitive to them as Caleb. From what I understand, the earlier you address these issues; the better! It wont just "go away" and will worsen as they get older. Let me know what I can do to support you! Its a tough journey but a great gift in some ways. These kiddos are wonderful & great teachers to their families! Hang in there and I wish you the best!

Marissa - posted on 01/27/2009

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We are looking at a possible diagnosis in our 16 month old. He isn't speaking, has self stimming behaviors, etc.

Melanie - posted on 01/27/2009

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my daughter is diagnosed with a pervaisive developmental disorder (i think she tends towards aspberger's syndrome). i think that some of the signs can show up quite young. my daughter's started showing up at about 6 months. she is slow in social situations and has auditory processing problems. she is very bright. she could hold a pencil correctly at a very young age and knew all the alphabet by the time she was 2. you could talk to your pediatrition and/or a child phsycologist if you would like more info. i would get a diagnosis as soon as possible so you can help him cope and manage any disabilities.

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