How can I help my recently diagnosed baby?

Kelly - posted on 03/08/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 19 month old has recently been diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder for touch. He doesn't like to touch anything that is unfamiliar to him and now it is affecting his eating. We started OT last week and our first session went horrible. Now I have made a sensory box with kidney beans and his toys to play with and he is refusing to play with it. I am so frustrated and I don't know what to do. I am trying to stay patient, but sometimes it is so hard. Any suggestions???

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Taunya - posted on 03/30/2012

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Start by knowing that you have some tough years ahead of you. Glad to hear you started OT, but give it time. Walk away and take deep breaths, often. Keep yourself educated and no matter what, stay in OT! It does work. You'll need the support because I think the elementry years are tough. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Pray that you'll be who your son needs you to be and God will take care of the rest.

Understand that clothing, shoe shopping and getting to go anywhere can be battles. I have two children with this and we did have years of being late for school and behavior issues that revolved around this. The school counselors can be lifesavers! Utilize all your resources! You off to a good start! Good luck.

Sara - posted on 03/27/2012

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My 14 month old was just diagnosed as well...mainly for touch and self regulation. I have found that getting gross feeling creatures such as dinosaurs that have little beads inside etc has helped him explore on his own a little. We have a large variety of different textured balls as well. I've also made him 2 sensory tubs, one with sticky paper on the bottom that has mini Pom poms, rubbery squishy balls, differently textured ribbons etc in it.....the other with aquarium stuff in it that I've filled with water. They both have snap on lids so we store them under our bed! Sometimes he even seeks them out on his own now. It took a long time of just leaving them open....about a month. We have a few more months of waiting before we meet with our OT. Does your baby sleep?

Erin - posted on 03/10/2012

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My son is 6 years old and he is a sensory seeker, but it sounds like your kiddo is more apt to avoid sensory stimulation. Did the OT or doctor mention whether he was a seeker or avoider? I ask because I am only familiar with methods for sensory seekers, and if he is on the other side of the spectrum, those could do more harm than good.

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