anxiety and SPD

Catie - posted on 11/18/2008 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My little guy is 41/2 and sometimes gets so overwhelmed by sound that he gets super anxious. It's to the point now he has trouble doing thing alone like getting dressed and going to the bathroom. He simply says it's too hard and he needs help. We've been seeing a child counselor who seems to have long term goals. Any advice from other mom's for a quick fix? Or least something to help me jump start his confidence?

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Jennifer Miller - posted on 12/04/2008

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Hi! Welcome! my daughter is the same way! She says its too hard and need help too! Gosh, its scary the similarities! She's 5 and still refuses to wipe, says its too hard. She'll say that about a lot of things. I don't know if you're religious, but I tell her that God knows she needs help and He will help her. I also tell her that He's with her and she doesn't have to be afraid. I go through the process with her and remind her it is perfectly ok to make mistakes (she is terrified of getting a drop of pee pee on her clothes), I stay calm and insist she try it first and then I'll help her and then reward her for taking initive and I also took her to the doctor to go over bathroom technique. I hope that helps! It has been helping Sydney, not completely there yet but I do see the light :)

Amie - posted on 11/18/2008

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Hi Catie, I am new to this site and am thrilled to have found it. I have a six year old daughter, Maddyn, who does a lot of the same things that your son does. She goes to Sensory Intergration Therapy every week and it does seem to be getting better. My understanding of it, with my daughter, is that she is just unsure of where her body is in relation to space. That can be frightening for a child...for anyone I would assume. It can be really frustrating, believe me I understand! For a long time my daughter would not go upstairs, downstairs, to the bathroom, to bed...you name it, by herself. She is getting better but it has taken adjustments by the whole family - or - because of therapy...who knows. All that I do know is that I understand what you are going through. Unfortunately I am not so sure that there is a quick fix. I will stay tuned to see the responses that you receive to this post! Does your son go to any type of therapy?

Kind Regards,

Amie

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