Son has symptoms of SPD - Advice?

Heather - posted on 01/24/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son has several symptoms of SPD and I'm not sure what to do. I don't think his SPD is severe but it definitely causes issues at home.

1) Dress - this is a big one - he absolutely detests anything with buttons or snaps, will actually cry if forced to wear them. After he has it on for a few minutes he is usually fine, but getting him to put it on...exhausting! Also hates most tags and some seams as they itch him.

2) Sounds - has always been sensitive to sounds such as horns, vaccuums, blow-dryers, flushing toilet etc. He will often "howl" when he hears these sounds. Now, HE can be loud and it is fine, but if there is something loud in the environment it is NOT fine! Likes music but does not like others to sing or even clap.

3) Food - somewhat of a picky eater although he will eat, and even likes, broccoli and most vegetables. Meat is the worst to get him to eat. Practically the only meat he likes is chicken nuggets from McDonalds. At home, we have frozen nuggets but they are a little spicy for him so we let him dip them in ketchup. He will actually gag on other meats, even regular chicken cut in very small bites. I'm thinking it is the texture...

Where do I go from here? Since I don't think the SPD is severe, OT services don't seem to be the way to go. Yet I need to help him cope. Any guidance is greatly appreciated - thanks!!


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Neva - posted on 01/24/2012




Even if you don't think your son's SPD symptoms are severe, it sounds as if he is bothered by them. SPD is more common than you might think and it in no ways means that your child is not as intelligent as other children or is "different." It just means that he processes information differently. I think that he could benefit from OT with a therapist that specializes in a sensory integration approach.

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