Do you think my son has a sensory issue?

Sadie - posted on 07/29/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




I have a 3yr old son who hates lots of sounds like planes,motorbikes,lawnmowers,hoover,washing machine,hairdryer,drills and lots more. When he hears a sound he hates he starts screaming and crying and gets really hot and sweaty etc takes a while to calm him down. He also hates the feel of alot of things like certain toys etc,he wont eat ice-cream or certain foods. When i give him a new food to try he tends to smell it and say i dont like it before even trying it! He also loves to sit on these rides you put 50p in which are at supermarkets etc but if you go to put 50p in he starts screaming so he just sits on it 4 a while,and he hates lifts to. I worry as his brother is autistic,but i have spoken to someone and they have said to let him do a term at nursury which he starts in sept and they can make notes etc. He aslo hates having his hair cut and toe nails cut he gets in such a state.


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Belinda - posted on 08/01/2011




Whatever happens, don't let them tell you all is ok until he has been seen by an OT or PT who has some working knowledge of sensory disorders. I am not saying that he has a disorder, too little information, but definately follow through on getting him seen.

Sadie - posted on 08/01/2011




Thans guys for taking time to reply,i have since spoken to school nurse who is arranging an app with school scenco for me so he can be kept an eye on etc in sept and i can make sure my concerns are made aware of.

Neva - posted on 07/30/2011




It sounds as if your son may have some sensory issues. I would not wait until he gets to nursury school or preschool. I would talk to his doctor and have him evaluated. There are very good therapies for sensory problems and early intervention is the best way to help.

Louise - posted on 07/30/2011




I think you have a right to be concerned here. Talk to your GP about it. To me it sounds like he needs to learn to allow himself to learn new sounds and textures. This is not easy and needs a professional to make a simple exercise routine for his senses. If it was just the loud sounds I would say get his ears checked because some kids have accute hearing that can be painful when exposed to certain noise levels, but as he is having other issues as well I think he needs to be looked at.

I would take him to the doctors now to note your concern and get him on a waiting list to see a specialist as these waiting lists can be very long. When he does go to nursery they will pick up on this and you will then have an independent person to back your case. I am no expert but with so many issues I think he may be on the fringe of the autistic spectrum. See what the professionals say and move forward from there. Good Luck!

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