ot for autism or sensory problems?

Mybellabells2 - posted on 06/15/2015 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my child went to see early intervention last week she said she saw some red flags of autism and sensory i just wanted to know how can they tell the difference if its one or the other or both and if i should ask the ot coming next month anything that should be important but that i might miss

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Celeste - posted on 06/19/2015

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A child doesn't have to have Autism to have sensory processing problems. My daughter does not have autism but does have sensory issues (sensory seeking and sensory avoiding).

There are characteristics of autism that are separate from sensory issues (hope that makes sense). How old is your child? Did they tell you what the red flags were?

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Mybellabells2 - posted on 06/29/2015

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She is two and a half they thought something was wrong at 18 mo ths but i didnt think nothing of it cause she was a great baby hardly cried i think she is making up for it lol but she has communication delays, the early intervention people think she might be delayed in other areas too, she do not like new ppl around her depending on her mood when sharing anything its always hers until she is finished then its still hers cause she dont want u to have it she is a picky eater she moves her hands like she shakes them really fast when she is angry or excited she has bad meltdowns if things are not her way she has a huge pain tolerance she loves to knock over stuff like her slide n baby swing set but she hates to swing outside she hates hugs and im trying to get her use to kisses but she wont kiss ya back and sometimes she gazes out like u can wave your hand in front of her face while she is zoning out and she wont notice its happened 5 or 6 times since i posted this its like she is staring for a couple mins then she is back to whatever

Joce - posted on 06/18/2015

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How old is your child? red flags of autism are more like No big smiles , back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles,facial or joyful expressions by nine months. No babbling by 12 months could also be a “red flag”. Sometimes autism includes Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), however it is does not go the way around. To have SPD doesn't mean a child has autism, SPD can occur on it's own. Check out this webpage http://mamaot.com/sensory-processing-dis...

it is a great explanation of SPD and how it differs from autism.

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