My son's been diagnosed with SPD. any info?

Alisha - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




my son Ethan is 21 mnths and has recently been diagnosed with SPD. sensory processing disorder. i'm ordering some books online and joining heaps of online support groups but i still feel helpless. how do i organise an Occupational Therapist to see him? do i have to pay for them? also does the Australian Gov see SPD as a disability? because things may be financially difficult long term. Even if you don't know the answers to these questions, if you could point me in the right dirrection I'd be very grateful. thanks!


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Michelle - posted on 07/19/2011




My 4yr old has just being diagnosed and i am also currently getting him tested for ASD (Autism). Australia has not recognised SPD as a proper disorder so there is no funding avaliable. Your GP can set up an EPI which you can take to medicare and get $50 back for 5 OT visits and 5 Speech visits. I am in the same boat as you i have had my son in speech for over a year and just paid a whopping bill to get him diagnosed with SPD.

Good luck

Karen - posted on 06/11/2010




Hi Alisha, I'm from Australia, I dont know too much as my son (5) has only just been diognised with it. However I have just obtained a referral from my GP under the Mental Health Act I dont think it gives you much but you can claim a few OT, speech or pschological assesments I believe. Our school gave us the name for a private OT, however I have now contacted Area Health and we are on a wait list for the public system. I hope that helps a little :o)

Sylvia - posted on 06/04/2010




the out of synch child is a great book to read. not sure how things are in your country but I pay using my insurance for OT in the us

Peggy - posted on 05/22/2010




check out the books the out of sync child, the out of sync child has fun or the website .. as for a ot, look up your local birth to three chapter. they are an early intervention team that will help you with any and all of your tharapy needs, also look up your local headstart, they will be good for you to know for when you son turns three. though now that i read that you are from australia im not sure if they have those things around where you are from but the books will still be helpful. i can do some digging on the web for you too see what i can find. other then that good luck dear and i wish you the very best. keep us updated plz

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