Spinning all the time, doesn't wave, point, use silverware.

Alisha - posted on 02/07/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 2.5 spins all the time. Mostly with an object. I have him in speech along with OT. Every week they put him in a hammock like swing and he spins. I just am new to learning everything and still trying to soak it all in b/c I do not have a specific diagnosis yet. We are going to have him seen by a developmental specialist end of may. It makes sense that it is sensory seeking but how long can he be seeking that it will eventually be outgrown? Also so children with SPD not wave, or point to things hold your hand use fork or spoons?

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Cathy - posted on 10/28/2012

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Spinning is calming to them. My son is 8 and does it and when I see him doing it I tell him to jump on his mini trampoline instead. They need weighted items like blankets or give them weighted objects. These calm them down. Bean bags are great and so are swings

User - posted on 05/03/2012

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My daughter is will be 5 at the end of June and although she was just recently diagnosed with SPD, witnessing her behavior and wanting to know what was going on, I conducted my own research and educated myself on SPD. From the time she was 6 months old she was demonstrating symptoms of SPD, yet I was unaware that it was the SPD. She used to scream anytime she was riding in the car and it confined us to the house for most of her toddlerhood. During that time, she would spin for what seemed like hours on end, she would never want to swing in a swing but the hammock like thing at OT or the flat board hanging from the rope swinging her from side to side was her favorite thing to do (just recently realized the whole front to back movement was on a different plane than the front to back swinging and that she could tolerate one but not the other. She has always used silverware, quite early and quite well actually, but the whole pointing thing I never did understand. She has no problems with her sight, understands directions fine, and is extremely intelligent, but if I pointed to something just a foot in front of her face that she would already be looking at and say look, she would immediately look in the opposite direction. It was funny for a while, then extremely frustrating for me, then extremely frustrating for her, so I asked her OT a few weeks back and all of a sudden she made a liar out of me. I don't know what they had been doing at OT that fixed this, nor does her therapist for that matter, but she gets it now. Granted, she has to squint one eye, put her finger that she points with up to her face and uses her hand like a scope on a rifle so she gets her line of sight correct, but she gets the whole pointing thing now. She points things out to me all the time and half the time I have no clue what she is pointing to because she will just point and say look. When I don't see it and ask her what it is, she will always get me back by saying, "what I am pointing at silly,right in front of your face"which is what I would always tell her.

Ashley - posted on 02/27/2012

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Usually the sensory seeking lasts for their lifetime, but people learn to deal with it. People my age didn't get help with it - they just learned to deal. My husband still likes to lay really close at night, play with my hair, loves the sand or water, etc. He is a sensory seeker to this day, but he learned what was socially appropriate and what wasn't. http://www.sensory-processing-disorder.c... This is a good example of what it feels like, and also how adults have learned to deal with it.

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