my son has developmental delay/sensory seeker

Jenna - posted on 01/15/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )




my 4 year old son has been diagnosed with developmental delay and the doc said he's a sensory seeker. he has been on an iep for 2 years and has good/bad days. its very hard and frustrating but i'm doing the best i can. plus i just read a book and got some more advice.


Jennifer - posted on 02/19/2010




Another great book: Sensory Ptocessing Disorder.. the Answers..
my son has ehe exact same issues.. it broke it down well, explained it

Kim - posted on 02/19/2009




Hi Jenna

My son also 4, dev delay( lang, cogn, physical), sensory processing disorder , epilespy and autistic traits and we have been working on the sensory seeking for quite a while. Children who sensory seek need that stimulation. What has worked for us is to provide that sensory stimulation for our son in a safe and beneficial enviroment. When he wanted to unsafely climb on the furniture and jump, we got a step stool just for him and let him jump into bean bags with our guidence. Or , if there are certain situations where he is really banging or crashing into you or things , then give him the sensory stimulation before he goes into that situation. My son really likes joint compression, it helps him "feel where he is in space" . Having lots of ideas in my " bag of tricks" has helped me feel that I have a plan to help my child-some days it works and some days it doesn't. I really try not to give up on the days it doesn't , because it may work again the next day.

Melissa - posted on 01/18/2009




My daughter also has developmental delays with sensory disorder. It is extremely hard some days to live with her. I have the hardest time dealing with her sensory issues. What book did you read?? I feel your pain and hope your good days out number your harder days!!!


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Peggy - posted on 02/12/2010




my suggestions is to read the out-of-sync child and the second one the out-of-sync-child has fun.. both are very awesome books.. i own both and consider them like bibles to my son. they are awesome books..also try to get a hold of an occupational theapist.. a therapy swing you can hang in your house, be it a platform swing or a hamock swing. you can even use a tire swing in your yard if you dont have the money for therapy swings.

Corey - posted on 02/20/2009




my 8 year old daughter has delays with sensory integration & ALOT of anxiety & emotional problems.  Some days she hates me & in the same breath she is sorry & loves me.  It is a constant roller coaster on her emotions & those of us living with her.  I find it extremely hard some days to have the patience & kindness I know I am supposed to have because I know she can't control some thing, but in the end of the day I always say my hardest day is probable better than her best, so I am learning to take a deep breath - count to fifty if I have to & say it's ok let's get to the bottom of this & figure out what has gotten you out of sorts!!  Good luck to all of you with similiar issues

Christina - posted on 01/27/2009




My 3 1/2 year old daughter also has developmental delay and sensory issues. It is hard for me to keep chothes on her. She is tamtruming less now b/c her speech has improved so there is relief. We are planning a trip to Disney in March I know I am going to have great difficulty with her. Has anyone else attempted to take their sensory child to the most overwhelming place on Earth? I am so glad I found this site. Can't wait to chat more.

Jennifer - posted on 01/27/2009




My son is 12 and was diagnosed three years ago with a developmental delay. My son also has an IEP which helps ease some of the frustrations associated with learning. The book "1,2,3 Magic" of Discipline has had a positive impact in our household.

It's very easy to follow and involves counting out unwanted behaviour as well as strategies to help you acheive positive behaviours. I'm sure with the developmental delay, your child is very frustrated and I correct in saying this?

Dixie - posted on 01/23/2009




Another good book is Raising a Sensory Smart Child, it has lots of practical tips to make your home run more smoothly.  I just bought the book Sensational kids Help and Hope for Children with SPD by Lucy Jane Miller, it was reccomended to me by my best friend who is a school pshyc.....she went to the training.  My 2 year old has SPD....makes life difficult.  I'm a special ed teacher so that makes it a little easier but I understand your frustration.....I deal with it day and night.  Good luck to you!  Deep pressure works well for those crazy moments!!

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