Could this be SPD?

by Holly Attard
(Australia)

Just this morning had a meeting with my 4.5 year old son's teacher. She believes he may have some sensory issues, for example he likes to make noises during reading or leaning time, can't always sit still, likes to lay down amongst the other kids. If they are lining up to go to assembly he might start hoping around. Sometimes he can't keep his hands to himself. Sometimes I feel he gets nervous around others and might act out or baby talk or make noises. He does like to touch things then put his fingers in his mouth which drives me crazy. Teacher said he makes faces or does things with his tongue.


He's a great leaner, well conversed and is eager to read and write, already does well with math. Loves to draw, very social but can be shy, loves to do boy things but is also very affectionate. I've sort of notice some of these 'quirks' maybe 6-9 months ago? Not sure if this is SPD or a coping mechanism as we are 6 weeks into the school year. (We live in Australia) She also though he could just be a bit immature? When he is focused on a task he comes off totally 'normal'. Not sure if he needs more stimulation or challenges?

Any advice would be wonderful, thank you!

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Oct 28, 2010
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For Laurie
by: Anonymous

I have heard of kids holding their breath, but more more control issues, like when they are having a tantrum.

Best of luck with your evaluation! Keep us posted.

Holly

Oct 27, 2010
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yay!
by: Anonymous

Glad to hear things are improved with your son. I'm hoping our situation continues to improve too.

Laurie, my son never had breath-holding issues. Sorry I can't help in that area! If I find out any more, I'll share on here - I hope you'll both do the same if anything changes! I appreciate the responses!

Oct 27, 2010
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Could this be SPD?
by: Holly

Hi Guys,
Things have improved! We had him checked out with our pediatrician and he doesn't believe he autistic or ADD. He did think he might have tics which will come and go over the years. I haven't seen my son do anything in months! although there is the occasional touching this and that. (Fingers may or may not go into the mouth after.) The Dr. believed because he was one of the youngest in class it was more of an adjustment. Our school year is almost over (southern hemisphere) and he just seems to fit right in. He's not a perfect angel but he knows right from wrong and has the self discipline to keep him in check.

Best of luck guys, I hope it's just a phase for everyone!

Oct 27, 2010
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My 4.5 year old daughter has same issues
by: Laurie

I'm in that same situation - almost exactly. Going in for an eval for her next week. We'll see what the doc has to say. Additionally, my daughter had breath-holding spells (that looked like fainting and seizures) when she was a baby and toddler. Did either of your kids have that overreaction to stress?

Glad to find your post! Best of luck with your kiddo!

Oct 26, 2010
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My son too!
by: Anonymous

I would love to hear if you got any responses to this post or if you've found out anything since you posted. I am struggling with VERY similar issues since my son started kindergarten. In addition to the things you described about your son, my son is almost constantly bouncing off the walls, VERY impulsive and does things without thinking about the consequences (toys and other things around our house often get broken, damaged, or destroyed as a result), he always has stuff in his mouth and likes to smell things frequently...even something like crayon while he's coloring. Thanks for posting, and I hope things have improved for you and your son!

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