I just found out my 2.8 year old has SPD

is SPD is considered a retardation? is it a problem that requires a special need education (school) for the child?

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Apr 24, 2012
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my experience
by: Anonymous

My 2 yr old daughter has spd and she will attend special needs preschool in the fall.

They are not mentally retarded but as stated, gifted.

SPD, in my experience, has taught me patience and to cherish the little steps we could otherwise take for granted.

I.e. she is 2 1/2 and can just now find her ears,nose,etc
and when she is able to go a while with her shoes off (her big thing is having shoes on when she wakes up until she's asleep and I take them off)

those otherwise "normal", everyday things we dont usually think twice about, are big leaps and bounds for children with SPD

Jan 24, 2012
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thank you
by: Anonymous

thank you so much for the support and information.


Jan 23, 2012
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Take a Deep Breath
by: Anonymous

My now 22 year old son was diagnosed with SPD a the age of 3 at our local Children's Hospital. He went through extensive therapy for about 3 years. He was able to go on to regular kindergarten and schools. He is now a senior in college. We know so much more now about SPD and treatments. So my advice to you is take a deep breath and do your research. Research and understand what you are dealing with and then find the best place to get the therapy and help he needs. You are your child's best advocate and that is going to be your new job. I had to fight the insurance company to get payment for his therapy. I had to educate myself so I could get what my son needed. I don't know how severe your son's SPD is, but now that you know the problem, you can work to find solutions. It's not going to be easy, but you can do this. I know, I have lived with it for 22 years. I have a wonderful, intelligent, sensitive, and loving son. There IS hope.

Jan 22, 2012
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RE-
by: Anonymous

spd is not 'retardation'. it is 'giftedness'. these kids are incredible and have many talents. they require much patience, guidance and help implementing effective tools that will help them be successful in life.

have you reached out to an occupational therapist? as mentioned in the previous post, depending on where an individual falls on the continuum, that will dictate what level of help they may need and where to begin.

good luck. stay positive. it's a journey and there are many walking the same road you are. :)

Jan 22, 2012
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Treatment?
by: Anonymous

Limited to my experience, I live in Italy, here the SPD was considered a consequence of a primary diagnosis and correlated with ASD. while the SPD is not considered as a diagnosis in itself. Now I believe that the treatment for the disease also depends on the degree of severity and the senses involved. Not knowing the details of your case. Seek advice from a specialist in childhood

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