Kindergarten and socially already having problems

by Michelle
(Carmel, IN)

Hello, our son Mathew has been receiving OT therapy services for about 3 wks for SPD. Our OT says he needs heavy work diet at school to be his personal best, but the school counselor has been hard to talk with and took 3 wks to get back with my husband or I. And, when the discussion of starting some heavy work activities she believed that SPD was partly some of Mathews problems, but he has other social issues in the classroom.


We have a school meeting coming up this spring. Any ideas out there that can help us to get them to provide some heavy work without feeling like we're stepping on their toes. Mathew loves heavy work like rolling and lots of flipping over the couch, and needs to play with playdoh several times a day for at least 1 to 2 hrs at a time for as long as we can remember .This is all so new to us and scary.

All the best Michelle

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Feb 25, 2009
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by: Anonymous

Michelle: I agree w/ Nancy.....I would have your OT lay out some easy classroom suggestions for your son that you could take to your meeting/conference. Sometimes, because of lack of knowledge and information, school personnel do not truly know what approach to take or how to proceed, because they are not experts in certain fields. You have to be the advocate and the cheerleader! Go get 'em! Sue (IL)

Feb 24, 2009
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by: Anonymous

What about theraputty in lieu of Play Doh at school? The OT should have it. Is the school OT involved or does she have very little knowledge of sensory issues?

With communication issues, I like to ask, "What's the best way and time to reach you?" Some people are email people, others are phone people. Also, if you can, when you nudge, ask, "Do you think you can get back to me by friday?"--give them a deadline and let them pin down a date/time to get back to you if they don't like yours.

What's happening socially with him? Are his sensory issues making him withdraw?

--Nancy
www.sensorysmarts.com

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