diagnosis?

Michelle - posted on 07/16/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I've known that something is going on with my daughter (4) for some time. Of course, it's hard to pinpoint. I think it may be a Sensory Processing Disorder. I just asked the pediatrician for a referral to an occupational therapist. Does anyone else have any advice about navigating this system for getting a diagnossis? The pediatrician sent her to mental health and the counselor hasn't come to any conclusions. I think that she has become set on the idea that she may have been violated. My gut tells me it's something else. She has issues with panties, shorts, socks, her hair and with food. Any advice?

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Tiana - posted on 07/24/2009

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In most big cities there are hospitals or clinics that do the evaluations. The team usually consists of a developmental pediatrician, child psychologist, occupational therapist, developmental therapist etc... well since your daughter is 4 now she wouldn't qualify for early intervention services but... if you called the early intervention hot-line they would point you in the right direction. My son was diagnosed at 20 months although i had worries much much earlier...i brought my concerns to his pediatrician and she said he was fine!!! thats when i called and within a couple wks he was screened and here we are... hes in school now and doing great. so if your not getting anywhere with the docs then i would start finding that big hospital and get to calling. don't ignore you instincts, and good luck!

Georgia - posted on 07/20/2009

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I do agree that finding a good OT is the greatest thing you can do for your child. Without the OT, I don't know that we could have gotten as far as we have...

Marcia - posted on 07/20/2009

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Another good book is Sensational Kids. But more importantly find a good OT and have her evaluated.

Georgia - posted on 07/18/2009

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If you think your child has sensory processing disorder, you should get the book: The out-of-sync child by Carol Stock Kranowitz. She explains in layman terms exactly what to look for and how to cope with the disorder. She also has many checklists for each area of sensory integration. This book was such a big help to me. I was able to fully understand what my son was facing and able to see by the checklists the areas that he needed the most help in. When we started OT, the therapist relied heavily on the checklists that I copied for her to show where my son was in my eyes!

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