My son has sensory processing disorder

Sarah - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I am wondering if OT therapy will really help his behavior. I am having a hard time with him, and therapy has a weight list. I need things to do with him and something that will work....

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Stephanie - posted on 04/22/2009

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my son sees OT and PT and he is also on rispiridol. He take 2mg a day one1mg in the morning and 1mg in the afternoon. Which we have watched his symptoms subside long enough that he can maintain somewhat of normal life. My sons therapist told us to let him carry around a weight, or bowling ball to release the tention, they also push down on my sons shoulders (added weight and pressure). Play doh, shaving cream, finger paints playing in a pitt of balls, they also do several types of brushes.. kinda like a small hand whisk, paint brush etc... and stroke his arms with it up and down likewise on his feet. they play a game with him called what's in neds head? which has different textures in his head. well i hope this helps if i can find my papers from his ot therapist i will shoot them your way...hope this helps

Mindi - posted on 04/21/2009

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Also, join the Sensory Processing Disorder community on here if you haven't already. You can ask others for help, but it would be good if you have identified which sensory areas your son needs help in and whether he is over-processing or under-processing in those areas. It's also important to know if he is a sensory seeker or sensory avoider. The books on SPD can help you learn more about this.

Mindi - posted on 04/21/2009

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My son was recently diagnosed with this. I wondered the same thing, but his preschool teacher (whose children also have it) told me it would be very helpful. She was right! Although OT is only for the short term (6 months or so), they will teach you how to work with your son for the long term (which is what you really need!).



Are there any other OTs in the area with a shorter wait list? In the meantime, check out some books from your library to learn how to deal with him. What you do for "treatment" depends on which sensory needs he has. For example, brushing one child may be very helpful, while it could send another child through the roof. This is what the OT helps you figure out. Some helpful books for me were "The Out-of-Sync Child" and "The Out-of-Sync Child has Fun". There is also one called "Parenting Your SPD Child", but I haven't read that one yet.



My suggestion is to hang in there and stay on a wait list if you need to. Once you get the OT help, you will be glad you waited!

Heather - posted on 04/21/2009

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Can you get OT through your local school district? My daughter is in pt for low muscle tone; the pt does help and I am sure that the OT will help your son. I have found that sometimes the therapist is helpful to give me advice and help me see any progress that is happening. I do not have any suggestion because I am not familar with his disorder. Hang in there.

User - posted on 04/21/2009

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My son also does! It is a very hard thing to deal with sometimes and he gets OT and he has made a 100% improvement in 6 months. Things we do with him at home is "brushing" find a soft kind of veggie brush item and brush his arms, legs, hands, feet you can even do it over his clothes until he gets use to it. Never do face or tummy. The more often you can do it in a day the better. Every two hours for the first week is what they recomend. Also "squeezes" on his feet arms and legs and such. "Paint" with shaving cream in the bathtub. Playdoh is also a wonderful toy to play with. Please let me know if there is more you need or questions I understand what you are going through

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