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Robin - posted on 04/13/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi there! My 41/2 year old daughter has SPD. She used to love playing outside when she was younger but now she has an extreme dislike of the wind. We live in the CO mountains, so it is windy basically everyday. It is disrupting to her pre-school class because she wants to sit inside during recess. Honestly, it is extremely disrupting to our family life as well as we are outdoor enthusiasts. We have her wear headphones to muffle the sound but that isn't enough. I don't think she likes the feel of it on her skin either. What can we do??? We can't always be indoors. Does anyone have any suggestions- PLEASE!

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Robin - posted on 04/28/2009

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Thank you for the suggestions. We were doing OT and she made amazing progress- met her year long goals in 3 months. At the time, wind wasn't as issue. I'm still in touch with her OT. I've thought about taking her back in, but unfortunately finances are an issue. 300 dollars for a month is out of my families reach right now. Medical debt is breaking us, so I'm curious, what is brushing therapy? I've read numerous books but I don't remember reading about that one. I'd love to know. Also, I hope I didn't come off the wrong way saying that it was disruptive to our family life to have to stay indoors. Sometimes we absolutely have to go outside to go to different places out of necessity. I stopped our family hikes and all our outdoor recreaction out of empathy for my daughter. I'm willing to alter our lives as necesary to accomodate her unique needs. I'm a social worker and have worked with individuals with profound developmental disabilities for 12 years so I'm quite senstitve to special needs. Anyway, I didn't mean to sound uncaring.

Christine - posted on 04/27/2009

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you also have to remember, she doesn't know why she feels the way she does and she didn't ask to be born like this... It may interrupt your life but it's just as hard for a child that doesn't understand their own fears or feelings.

Christine - posted on 04/27/2009

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I have a son who is blind and has had a very hard time with wind, he likes it to a certain point then it becomes overwhelming for him. So I introduced it slowly by first telling him it was windy out, light wind, with a hood on... Then I would roll down the window as I was driving little by little to increase the tolerance of the wind. But always warning him it was coming so there wasn't an extreem shock. When there was too much wind hitting his face all of a sudden he would be so overwhelmed by the feeling he would stop breathing. So little by little if you can. Or an ski mask to cover most of the face for when she has playtime at school until you can get her re-adjusted.

Laura - posted on 04/21/2009

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Hi there, new around here so I'm still figuring out how to read/reply....



My daughter had a hard time with wind too. Part of the problem is hear hair, if anything blows in her face she'd go nuts. On windy days I would be sure to put her hair up and have her wear a hat or hood.



Are you doing any kind of therapies, like brushing?

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