Is it Sensory Processing Disorder?

by Tara
(MN)

My 4 year old is always putting things in her mouth and or licking on unusual objects. She does not play alone alot and seems easily distracted. We were just making the comment about her having 2 left feet because at times she seems so clumsy.Her preschool teacher says her fine motor skills need work.She was easy to potty train, doesn't throw tantrums, sleeps very well. Her mind seems to wander.

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Oct 24, 2011
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RE: is it spd
by: Anonymous

i have a child who has an oral fixation. (also has some oral/body texture issues as well. has mild spd and mild anxiety.) but yes, always something in the mouth, fingers, hands, shirt collar, food, gum, toy, etc.

i think for some it can become a problem if it goes on for long periods of time. for some it can be a manifestation of anxiety. perhaps it is neurological and is related to the lack of fluency in motor skills? there is also such a thing as low muscle tone and issues with proprioception that can affect coordination and control --- it could be nothing, it could be something.

i think as previously posted, if it persists or if it's a concern to you as the parent or care giver or if it impedes the child's learning or growth or progress in some way then look into it, can't hurt. :) good luck.

ps- have you done the checklist on this website. it's possible that the child may have challenges in only one area and be fine in all other areas.

Oct 22, 2011
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SPD?
by: Anonymous

My thought is that some children during their childhood have some strange behavior, which then will resolve themselves. However if they persist for a long time, expose the problem to the pediatrician.

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