Is there any hope for my 12 year old son?

by Kelly
(Dalton, Ohio USA)

Is there any hope for my 12 year old son or is it too late? I have met a wonderful friend that has the sweetest little girl who happens to be Autistic. I never knew about SPD or SI until just a few months ago when I met her. In talking with her about her daughter and my son she has said "yeah, that sounds like a sensory issue" And I have thought "naa, that isn't what is going on with my son". But I have recently been looking into it and researching and reading articles and books on this and when I first started and went over the checklist for symptoms that really peeked my interest and curiosity and made me open my eyes more as to what is going on with my son. He fits so many of the items on the checklist but yet there are things that he dont do or react to.


My 12 yr old son has had so many sensory issues over the years that I noticed even when he was a newborn. I thought maybe it was just him and his personality, but of course anytime that I brought it up to Dr's, friends or even family they would all tell me 'oh he will grow out of it' BUT he hasn't. If anything there are more and more things popping up as the years go by and the issues he has with sensory seem to be getting more noticeable. I have an appointment with his Dr to see what he thinks about the SPD and to see about getting a OT asap. I need to know if there is hope for him. Thank you, Kelly

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Oct 14, 2009
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Thank you & I wish you luck.. You can do it.. just remember that
by: Anonymous

I have him seeing an Occupational Therapist now and soon will be seeing a psychologist so we can further find out what else it may be that is going on so I can get my son the proper help he needs. I am finding that all those years ago when I had my so tested for ADHD it wasn't it then but it sure seems to be now with all of the info and books that I have been reading and getting that seems to be what it is pointing to and the OT is helping me to know what exercises I can do with my son to help him. Good Luck to you and I hope you too will start to find the help you want and need for your son.

Oct 14, 2009
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Hope
by: April

Kelly I am recently experiencing the same thing with my 13 year old so I hope there is hope! I feel so sad that I am just now learning about this because my son has struggled and it seems that it could definitely be a combination of SPD and a learning disability. I wish you well and hope it all works out!

Sep 17, 2009
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Thank you Luna
by: Kelly

Thank you so much for your input and suggestions. I will definitely be getting ahold of the school also to help me along in the process of figuring this out. Now that I have some helpful info that fits my son I will never take no for an answer anymore.The more info that I get, will help me so much more to help my son. I am just so sad that I didn't know about this when he was smaller. I have full faith that this is real now. It all makes so much sense to me now.

Sep 17, 2009
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it's real
by: Luna

so this thing is real, and so many don't get it. You can't take no for an answer with your dr. Call your school district, request an OT evaluation at the schools expense, they have to do it. Put it in writing. There is hope, but it's hard. My 18 year old is struggling and the 16 year old has significant problems as well. Both have learning disabilities. The older one is quirky but no autism diagnosis. You ought to have them evaluate your son for all suspected learning disabilities because sometimes SPD and LD goes hand in hand...like Autism. I help my 16 y.o. son as best I can, pull on his joints hug him hard, but the 18 year old is out of my hands, sadly. He could use some help. Good luck.

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