Just me

Ok, so really? I mean it seems all kids have some of these things going on at some point as they are growing up. How is a parent supposed to know if it's a "problem" or if it's just the child's normal unique development path. I mean we don't all progress at the same rate, and the idea that just because my child exhibited several behaviors... that that would mean something bad for him??? I guess I"m not understanding enough about all of this to be able to get a good sense for what it ultimately means for my son.

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Apr 28, 2010
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I have to agree
by: Anonymous

So, I went through the checklist for both my girls, and they have a few of the things checked. Like, one daughter can run in circles and never get dizzy, will only eat certain food, sometimes spaces out in thought, bounces excitedly as she tells a story and dances around often. None of these things affect her development and don't seem like anything she should be tested for. So, what is the yardstick? My Mom feels like she has issues and should be tested, but I think it's normal stuff a kid does, which is exactly what the pediatrician said.

Nov 25, 2009
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Hi
by: Anonymous

I wouldn't have noticed anything major other than thinking my daughter was definitely quirky! Until she had to be in a classroom and measured by an academic yardstick. She couldn't focus, couldn't hold a pencil correctly, hated writing, cried everyday before school, and could never really pinpoint what it was that was bothering her. Her intelligence was certainly not reflected in test scores and it started to erode her self esteem. She went from a happy go lucky little person at home to someone who believed she couldn't do anything as well as the other kids and gave up trying. That for me, was it. She was half way through 1st grade and gave up. She decided she was just stupid.

As parents we went into crisis mode trying everything to help her. Then by pure chance and her awkward pencil grip we were sent to an O.T. Just like the others have posted, if your child is not struggling or in emotional pain it's something that the kids will learn to manage on their own, but some kids have such severe symptoms they need help. It can be a long and emotionally painful process not to be taken lightly.

Nov 25, 2009
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Get help but only if you feel necessary
by: Anonymous

Everyone has their own sensory issues. It becomes a problem when it is affecting you, your child/family in a negative manner. Some kids can't even go to the store without being too overstimulated. Some kids don't behave normally in social situations. If any of your child's behaviors is causing undue stress on your family life then you may want to have an eval done by an OT. It can only help. Good luck!

Nov 25, 2009
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I agree
by: I agree

Hi,
I am totally in agreement with you, but when you have your son evaluated they will be able to help you what is the "norm" behavior for his age and what is not. Now for my daughter, I thought the norm behavior what just that, I don't typically agree with every thing they told me, but it was definitely an educational experience. Talking to your pediatrician after the evaluation may help too.

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