Concerned granny

My grandson is six and in first grade. Child needed to be held almost continually since birth just to sleep for 20 minutes. Still does not sleep through the night. Has never had regular bowl movements. Will go for days. He does not like loud sounds, constantly has hands in mouth, make animal noises incessantly when trying to talk to him, hardly eats for days and then can't eat enough. This is very disruptive in school.


He does not have any friends, pinching and hitting others and himself at school and during play dates. He prefers to play alone but at home insists Mom spend every minute with him. Preoccupied with one thing for weeks, dinosaurs, then transformers, then star wars, etc. Watches TV constantly but likes the same thing over and over and screams if anyone talks or gets in his viewing way during his shows. Very abusive to his mom. Hitting, pinching, biting, etc and seems to enjoy it. Wants very active, almost violent playtime and will not quit or take it down a notch when told. Timeouts and taking things away doesn't faze him. He makes animal noises and hits self during time out. Screams orders to everyone. "Bring me this", "I don't want to do that" and then flies into a rage that can last for a long time if is told no.

Doesn't want to play board games, but loves to be read to. Loves video games but has very low tolerance for not getting everything right ie, winning. Parents took to pediatric neurologist and psychologist for evaluation of autism, learning disability, anything to explain behavior. They were told everything okay and child needed discipline and boundaries. They are frustrated and household is in an uproar most of the time. One thing I find particularly frustrating is he constantly says "I love you" and gives hugs and then turns 180 degrees and hits or throws something. Child is extremely bright(high IQ)and masters any task very easily.

School is boring to him but school won't advance him to next grade level or challenge him because his social skills are so immature. What to do to help them? We have all suggested psychiatric evaluation but I also think the SPD checklist is very valuable diagnostic tool we can use to partner with medical evaluation. Maybe change diet to gluten and diary free? Any ideas?

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Feb 23, 2011
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Change the diet
by: paulette etcheberry

What are you describing sounds like a very bad chemical reaction the dairy products. Change the diets and maybe if he doesn't relax why not to try a OT vest which is designed to provide deep pressure directly into the sensory receptors of the muscles in the shoulder girdle which has been proven to provide a calming focusing effect. Maybe this wonderful tool can help him to be focus and more calm.

Feb 23, 2011
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gramma huggs
by: Anonymous

my grandson has some spd issues and we have taken him off ALL dairy...if the stomach does not digest the milk properly it builds up and almost works like a drug in the brain...once we took him off milk put him on rice milk major improvement it takes about a month to see results....no yogurts, ice cream etc.... then yes give him boundaries, possible a time out chair, sit on the ground with him and play for a time limit, be very specific as to the time limit...also a swing, he needs to feel that feeling i would swing mine for about 30 minutes, he would close his eyes and just relax, also a trampoline lets him jump jump jump....
and HUGGS they are so very important, it actually compresses the joints and releases endorphins needed to feel good about yourself...by him not having a bowel movement proves that his digestion is NOT working properly....plenty of high fiber foods and liquids...just a few ideas and god bless

Feb 22, 2011
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Start
by: Steve Faherty

with the Psychiatrist first before doing anything else. You can ask him regarding his opinion of a sensory evaluation and if he would be willing to refer to an O.T. for one and also for referral to ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis).

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