Is this SPD?
5 year old with mild/moderate symptoms
My 5 year old son definitely has some sensory defensiveness issues. He is in Kindergarten and we have been called many times regarding his behavior. He becomes upset easily over seemingly small things. He has meltdowns and has a difficult time with transitions and change. He is an extremely picky eater, can't stand certain smells, hears and is bothered by noises that wouldn't register with most people. He has a meltdown if he gets caught in the rain... and while on a beach vacation he would instantly disrobe when he got out of the swimming pool.(hated the feeling of the water on his legs.) He also doesn't like the feeling of some clothing/tags etc. On top of these issues, he is shy and anxious.
Yet, as extreme as some of these things sound, he functions very well. He doesn't cause much problem at home at all....he is funny and sweet and extremely bright. He seems to be finding his own coping mechanisms. I'm guessing an OT would be helpful to him, but getting him into one where we live is difficult.
What kinds of things can we do to help him and advocate for him at school? Difficult to know what his triggers are at school because different things seems to set him off on different days! Most outsiders seem to think he's just a "hard to handle" kid who is spoiled because he's an only child. I want to help him in any way possible, yet hate the thought of him having to deal with a "label". What's the first step in diagnosing this disorder?