My 3 year old is a sensory seeker...does it get better?

Denise - posted on 03/05/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I never knew anything about Sensory processing disorder bc my son 5 senses all seem to be working..but free he turned 2, he started doing unusual behavior. He would bite furniture, bang his head on any thing, run and throw himself on the floor, spinning...list could go on. He was diagnosed with PPD..very smart boy. Nonverbal. My house looks like a sensory gym..I also take him to a sensory gym...which has helped tremendously...

Has anyone child grown out of their sensory issues?

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Rachel - posted on 05/24/2013

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Hi Denise, I'm not sure that children with SPD grow out of their sensory issues, but I do think things improve. My son is 11. He has ADHD and has recently been diagnosed with SPD although I've been telling the doctors for years that he has it!! I spent many years despairing that things would ever get better - life with my son is spent in the fast lane - speeding via accident and emergency courtesy of sensory issues and poor attention!! However, recently, there has been improvement. He no longer spins or rolls everywhere, although he does like to throw himself into walls and people and can not pass a gate or wall without climbing it! The book cases at home no longer have to be bolted to the walls for fear that he climb up them - again! We can walk past a car without him licking the windows, he can handle a pebble without 'mouthing' it, and the goldfish are safe and liable not to caught, licked and put back in the tank!! We can even go to town without him creating a ruckus, although getting there is a challenge as he still falls up, down and around the kerb and over his own feet! He has finally mastered the art of bicycling (balance was a challenge) and using his knife and fork without hacking great lumps out of the meat, table or himself! His socks no longer 'choke' him, although it does take a crow bar to wrench those darn things off his feet - and his other favourite 'touchy feely' clothing. All in all though there is definite improvement! Interestingly, I notice that there are set backs during growth spurts, perhaps you have noticed the same thing?. Also, improvements just suddenly appear - you can spend a long time working on certain skills with no improvement and seemingly miraculously, one day they are there! Consistency is the key I think. Other things that I've found help are; melatonin - at night time (prescribed by his paediatrician) this really helps with the quality of sleep as my son is so restless, tossing and turning all night. Bouncing - the best thing I ever purchased was a trampoline for the garden and a trampette/rebounder for the house. Bouncing really, really calms my son down. It may be worth a try for yours. A 'sit on' textured cushion and wedge for at the dining table and a wobble board under his feet. Firm pressure when touching, washing hair, hugging etc. Light and/or unexpected touch really aggravates my son and puts him out of sorts. 'Squishy' fiddle toys and lengths of different textured ribbons (particularly satin) help calm. My son likes to wear the same thing over and over which used to annoy me. I've learned to relax over that issue - its not worth the argument. Pick your battles and keep a sense of humour! My son also really likes a long sleeved compression vest - yours may do too. I discovered this by accident. It was part of his winter rugby training kit - an under layer for warmth, but he hated taking it off and said it made him feel less irritable. He is much calmer when wearing it.

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Frances - posted on 01/22/2015

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Hello, My Name is Frances. As I Read Eavh and Everyost, I Cry, and Nod with feeling
Ike I'm in the right place For Support for Both myself And My 3 Year old, Raylan. I have also noticed things that led me to the SPD Questions. I told his Pediatritian for Months now. But just got the same answers. He's just being a Boy, It's too early to tell. But he was Hospitalized at Scottish Rite in Atlanta the Second Week in Jan this Year. The Neurologist Doctors picked Right up on it. He is getting Ready to have his Second Visit with the Occupational and Speech Therapist. They too see what I have been trying to tell his Doctor. The Occupational Therapist said that Most Doctors don't believe in this Disorder. I'm here to Say, I Do. As I'm sure most of you do. I wish you all the best. We will keep each other updated.

Luisadamiano - posted on 04/12/2013

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My son now is 6yrs old. It has improved so much.my son also has ADHD and a mood disorder . I thought for years we would never have good moments, but u do. You work really hard. U do the therapys . U learn to cope and cominsate.

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