Anyone have a child with sensory processing problems?

Armanda - posted on 05/25/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is 2 and we recently found out that he has sensory processing issues. He just started occupational therapy, and I know it will take a lot of work to help him. Is anyone else dealing with this situtation who can give me some advice? I'm trying my best to do all that I can to help him, but sometimes it is so frustrating, and I feel like I'm going to loose my mind. Any advice would be appreciated- especially about combing, washing, and cutting hair. Thanks.

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Erika - posted on 05/26/2010

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Hi,
My 2 year old son also has sensory issues. He gets startled easily. He goes to various therapies through out the week. He goes to OT, Speech, and Child Development. I don't really have any suggestions on cutting hari etc. I just do the best I can to prepare my son for what we are going to do next. Try to make things fun. Sing etc.

Hope this helps a bit.

Erika
http://www.ErikaCarrillo.com

Armanda - posted on 05/25/2010

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Thanks ladies, I appreciate all the advice. My son is light touch sensitive, and loves the deep pressure stuff. The OT mentioned maybe getting a weighted blanket and some other equipment. I will definately check out the support group.

Sheryl - posted on 05/25/2010

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its called children w/ developmental delays! it really helpful! there other mom who have kids with sensory issues, autsic and more! just hang in there i know its not easy there days i want to lose my mind also! but i try to take a step back and rem. myself it not his falt nor is it your falt. there not a help less case. my son is just know starting to say some more words and it taken a long time. but it though every lil min. of it. your child well get it one day all the hard work and love of the things you did for him or her! i know it easer said then done but in the end its all for the better of your child and it well make you a stronger person for what you are going through. you can do it if i can you can! just keep loving him! best of luck and wish!

Sheryl - posted on 05/25/2010

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my son is 2 also and has sensory processing disorder! i no going to suger coat it yes it is really hard! and i myself and still figer things out. if there is one tip i can give you is a sensory kit! we have one and its great! your son occupational thereapy can till you more about it. there also work out or lil ops. course that work! i put my son in a chair where his buckled in it. like his high chair set. is he one for the light touch or hard touch? my son is hard touch. my son even like a blanket that is waight he sleep great with it. if you can till me i would be able to give you better adivce. there also a group you can join with other mom who have kids with delays!

Jane - posted on 05/25/2010

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My guys with sensitive scalps like the "blow-dry" brushes better than combs. For washing hair, we let them skip every other night (till they turn into greasy teenagers). They feel like they're "getting away" with something, and we feel like they're clean enough. For haircuts, try to find a non-busy one. The kids haircut places are so busy, and full of lights, sounds, and action that kids with SPD are at a loss. It makes the experience worse. I take mine to the local barber. It's just them and him in the shop, and he talks to them and gives lollipops afterward. It's all good. :)

You'll get through this, I know it's hard, but you are strong and full of love for him.

Gina - posted on 05/25/2010

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My sister's oldest son has this issue(we beleive) He hasn't been formally diagnost yet.Her son is 10 and some days he just goes berserk for no apparent reason! For years his dr. thought it was ADHD,and had him on meds to controll his crazy outbursts.But now we're not so sure.
If you would like ,I can give you my sister's e-mail in a private message. I know there is also a web site that talks about this and possibly a "moms of" group.let me look it up and i will get back to you.

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