Treatment at the STAR Center

Jessica - posted on 01/23/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hello,

We are thinking about seeking treatment for our four-year-old son at the STAR Center. Our son is sensory seeking, which has caused numerous behavioral issues at school and in other groups of children. When overstimulated, our son becomes very aggressive and he seeks out physical contact with those around him. He is very bright and advanced in his language, so we have not been able to secure additional educational assistance outside of his classroom.

We've already gone through a round of OT, in which we saw tremendous improvement, but that was nearly a year ago and our son is starting to regress on the advances we made no matter what we do. We feel helpless and hope that the STAR Center might be able to better equip our family for success. If any of you have sought treatment at the STAR Center, can you share your experiences?

I hear the cost of treatment can be quite expensive, but at least we are fortunate to live near the center. I also hear that if you refer a family to the center, both you and the referred family receive a free session http://spdstar.org/files/2011/10/STARFri... . This would certainly be nice.

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Susan Mon - posted on 05/12/2015

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The best treatment for my son was his speech pathologist (used for his sensory stimulation and processing needs) It was a one on one challenging session for 30 minutes twice a week. His specialist was more like a tough coach. He spoke to my son like the brilliant child that he is...never allowing him to use his differences as a excuse. it was an interesting relationship. It killed me to watch my son struggle but what a life changing experience.

Jessica - posted on 01/26/2015

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Thank you so much for your support, Frances. We are constantly learning as well. Our son was also diagnosed right after he turned 3. He is now 4 and a half. It has been a trip! We try to provide our son with OT in the mornings and afternoons after school to help him regulate himself, but we are completely lost on how to help him navigate the school environment (he goes to a charter Montessori school). We already went through a round of OT, but hope that the next time around we can be better equipped in how to help our son be more successful in all environments. At this time it is our son's social interactions that are most problematic. He longs for companionship but keeps losing friends through his aggressive and seemingly odd play style. At this point, academics at school has not been an issue, but we have noticed his self-esteem has dropped due to all of his behavior issues.

I wish you and your family all the best while you also learn how to best support your son. I hope you can find a way to get insurance to pay for your therapy. We were unsuccessful. I know we could have gone much further in our OT if we had some help with the cost. I like the idea of a sensory integration room. Right now all our spare space is set up for OT. We had just moved into our house when we learned of our son's SPD. We used our furniture budget for OT. In hindsight, I'm glad we don't have a bunch of extra furniture. The extra space is just what our son needs for scooter boards, a trampoline, and other equipment for movement.

I will let you know what we find out through additional treatment. Our son officially begins Kindergarten next year, so we hope we can provide him a solid foundation for success. Take care, Frances. I am also right there with you with your struggles.

Frances - posted on 01/26/2015

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I guess what I'm trying to say and I am still learning. I think our children need more sensory stimulation. And to learn in between different sensory activities. Let me know what you learn and decide. I'm right behind you. Frances

Frances - posted on 01/26/2015

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My Son is a little over 3years old now. I noticed that he was a Seaker about a year ago. I started doing Research on ADHD. But quickly realized that this wasn't Raylan at all. I was let the the SPD sites. I really felt that this is what he was going through. I spoke with his Pediatrician and was told, that it's too early to tell. (Not True)! He has also developed a Movement Disorder that put him in the Hospital this Month. During this. The Doctor notice the Sensory Processing issues he also has some Speech Delay. Well last Friday after testing. Raylan has been diagnosed with Sensory integration Disorder. I don't think that my Insurance will cover that Therapy. But I have to call. I am responding to you just hoping I can help. I'm going to Home School Raylan. But over the past year. I've found so much information to help our kids. I have many things Printed up. And would be willing to send you a package of these. But one of the best ideas I found is to build a Sensory integration Room. I'm working on that now. I'm not sure that our kids. (Raylan is extremely Smart as well) but not sure that a traditional class room is the best for them. If you find any ideas that will help your son and the Sensory Community, please let us know. My name is Frances. My Email address is. franceslynnwesley962011@Yahoo.com

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