Any SPD children with obsessions and stims?

Nikki - posted on 09/23/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




I am new to this site...and new to the world of SPD. My 4 year old daughter is in the process of being diagnosed with this condition, the OT report is due in the next week so I am now starting to do my homework by finding out as much as I can so I can give her the best help, particularly as she has just started school. This has been her first week at 'big school' and, although she has been attending no problem, her anxieties are coming out in different ways once she is home. The lack of playground equipment compared to nursery is affecting her as she does not have the physical outlet she needs. Her senses are even more heightened at the moment- she is sniffing everything in sight and she is even more hyper than usual. My main worry is the new 'stim'? She has always had one or two as comfort - usually body rocking and talking to herself but this is now replaced with a repetitive sound coupled with a kind of tense 'shiver' going right through her body. Initially I thought this may be a 'tic' but now I believe (and hope) it is just another little ritual she has found to calm herself but it does look alarming and is uncomfortable to watch. She has always had little obsessions that change from time to time (at the moment it is churches and church bells) but this week she talks of nothing else and seems to get stuck on this subject, even to complete strangers. Can anyone else relate to this? Do the obsessions and stims come as part and parcel of SPD, or do I need to consider autism? Any response would be helpful.


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Patricia - posted on 10/02/2012




I would say it is best to consult the doctor on the autism thing. Yes some SPd children this is normal, but also normal in Autism. Who is to say. I would keep a journal on when she is doing this and what is going on in her life at the time. Figure out whether it is a coping technique or possibly more that you need to look in to.

Our Daughter only did the rocking when she was a baby and toddler, but once she figured out how to cope with the noises she stopped.

It is hard to know what is normal and what isn't.

Shahnaz - posted on 10/01/2012




Hi Nikki, sorry to hear about your daughter. Its quite difficult to say what exactly could be the problem. You must realise that each child may display diff symptoms even if they have the same disorder.

My daughter has been diagnosed with OCD and SPD and it has changed over the years. I see very very little OCD in her now. Her sensory issues are still a big prob tho. And yes she has a tic. the exact same thing u speak of - the repetitive sound.

It all boils down to ANXIETY disorders. But i think it would be best to chat to a therapist and have her tested so she can be diagnosed and the correct treatment can be put into action.

Good luck and take care:)

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