Delay in response

by Preety
(London ,UK)

My daughter has a 10 second delay in responding to any instructions or to perform any activity. This is more visible when she is with outsiders. She is very reluctant to do anything with others.

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Dec 18, 2010
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This happens to my son also
by: Shannon

Sometimes the gap in response time is very, very wide. I will often ask him a question, wait for an answer, ask him again slowly, wait... then I'll walk out of the room and involve myself with something else... and that's when he'll answer. Or even at other times I may have asked him something an hour ago, never got a response, but out of the blue he gives me the answer to my question. So then I remind him that I asked him that a while ago, to which he seems confused, as though he was sure I had just asked him.

Sensory Processing Disorder is a definite, although we're still in the assessment phase and are just beginning to recognize how far the dysfunction reaches. He has had two abnormal EEGs and it is possible the altered electrical activity (petit mal seizures?) could be scrambling some of the messages. Also, we just had his hearing tested and he cannot recognize speech lower than 30-40db because of suspected fluid in his ears.

But it is the delay in response that has me most intrigued because it isn't just an auditory information thing... he responds late to all kinds of things, even potty needs. He is almost 4 and has not been trained yet. What we have noticed lately is sometimes he will go in his pull up but not realize it, I'll catch on and change him up, he'll go on with playing or whatever, then an hour later all of a sudden it's a big emergency, he's got to go, and can't. But you can tell he's confused by it because he's got this look on his face that says, "I could have sworn I had it right." But then the inconsistency is that sometimes he gets it right and is able to go. And we may not have caught on to the delayed response in his potty awareness if we hadn't first noticed the delay in his response to verbal information.

Jan 26, 2010
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auditory processing
by: Anonymous

Kids with sensory issues often have auditory processing issues. They aren't good at separating out background noise they should ignore from important sounds like someone's voice calling their name. Your daughter could possibly also have a language processing issue where it takes her a little longer to comprehend what someone is saying (think of how when you're tired at night at the end of a party and your host says, "Oh, I can tell you a shortcut to the freeway" and she starts talking and you can't keep up with the words--that's what slow processing is like).
A hallmark of sensory issues is inconsistency. In one sensory environment, the issues are worse than in another. With people they know and trust, our kids have an easier time communicating and socializing. The anxiety is lessened and they're available to listen instead of focused on their discomfort.

--Nancy
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