Can SPD be self treated by adults?

Can SPD be self treated by adults?

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Mar 20, 2010
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Wacky Family with very few friends...
by: Anonymous

Well, I'm an EC teacher (for now anyway), and you would think that I would have known about this before now. My children are the ones who opened my eyes.

My 3 year old daughter has changed our daily lives so much since she was 3 months old. I have been told that her behaviors are so because she is: a girl ( that's just how they are you know), the baby, spoiled, difficult, manipulating me, and so on...

I knew that my son (the oldest,5yrs) was exhibiting a lot of these signs: texture sensitivity (gagging), terrified by a breeze, the flushing of toilets, sand on his hands, the leaf blower or lawn mower in the distance, easily hurt, but his teacher took me very seriously and worked with me on a sensory diet when he was 4 , and we have seen such improvement.

My daughter is on the opposite end of the spectrum. She is strong willed, loud, kicks, flails, screams, bites her self, jumps on and of of things, tears rooms apart, needs to wear her book bag, has difficulty "using gentle hands" etc. So I started researching this for her and it lead to me and my husband!

Is it absolutely insane for an entire family to seek guidance from an OT? I am committed to helping our family become well adjusted, social beings, even if it means leaving my job and helping everyone with their individual plans as I do at work.

We just want to get back to being lovably kooky instead of completely isolated outside of the school day.

Jul 02, 2009
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I Think It Depends
by: Kim Sullivan

I think theoretically, some adults can learn and study what they need to know,perhaps observe treatment and then possibly self treat. There are no prescription drugs that require a physician and lots of information is available. That said, I think an OT is the best source of help and guidance for most people. Reading as much as possible and learning what works goes easier when you have an expert to help guide you. Not all adults have the ability to self treat, so I think it's the person.

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