Having trouble geting my childs doc to see Sensory Processing Disorder

My child doesn't like to get her clothes wet, has to change even if it's a little spot, short attention span, covers her ears when an airplane flies over head,a weedeater is turn on,a loud truck goes by, stops my dishwasher from running or my washing machine.


Wears the wrong clothes for the seasons ...like dresses too hot for summer..wants shorts in winter. won't eat a lot of different food because of texture, I feel she has sensory processing disorder... the doctor wants to treat her as adha because of what a teacher wrote in her notes but, her teacher did not in cluded her sensory issuses. i do not want to start meds for something i didn't believe she has. she has a speech delay she can't tell me if she is hurt. this scares me.

I think i'm going to try for a second opinion before i put her through this. both of her O.T's say she has sensory problems I even did the test. but because i have a teacher who does not understand my daughter i'm going through this. it's awful. have any of you had this problem?

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Oct 03, 2010
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by: Anonymous

Print information about SPD (from this website or others) and give it to your daughter's teacher. There are teacher's manuals that explain teaching children with SPD that you can buy for the teacher, too. Educate them. It seems many teachers are DIAGNOSING ADD/ADHD just because they observe behaviors they don't understand. I hear this alot from my friends who have SPD children. One told a parent which medication she recommended!!!

DO NOT LET the teacher diagnose your daughter...my daughter's neurologist read notes from her teacher and stopped listening to me. He wanted treatment I know is wrong for my daughter- it's hard being an advocate but you know your daughter

Feb 27, 2010
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by: Anonymous

I have had to fight as well to get my daughter help. My pediatrician was not on board at first but did finally give us the referral to see the OT and receive treatment. However I am beginning to see that our fight has only begun. The school can be the hardest to deal with especially when teachers and staff changes frequently, and so many educators do not know about SPD. It is so frustrating, I know! We have to be advocates for our children and it is well worth the battle to make their lives even a little better. So I agree to seek a second opinion. Afterall you know your child better than anyone. Hang in there!

Feb 22, 2010
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by: Anonymous

thank you

Feb 22, 2010
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by: Bonnie

I have not had this problem yet but I completely agree that you should get a second opinion. Your daughter sounds like she has the symptoms of spd. I got a diagnosis from a private ot through the children's hospital here. My pediatrician made the referral but I just asked my ped for a ot referral without explaining all the reasons. We have talked about them briefly in the past but she was fine to refer me. Anyway I think I would keep looking til I found someone who was familiar with spd to give me an accurate diagnosis. Good luck!

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