Mom of a 4 year old boy

by Tracey

Gosh, my story is fairly simply, but at the same time heartbreaking. I always thought, my 4 year old, was intentionally ignoring me, crashing into walls and peeps, and making noise (singing, talking), to make noise. In other words being a complete and utter brat!! Now w/ the help of his preschool and testing he has been diagnosed with sensory disorder/ under-responsive. Meaning he requires a lot of outside stimulus. Not to mention a host of other issues, i.e. riding bike, catching, throwing. also, he doesn't hear his name being called, even after several (loud) times (no hearing issues). Will walk outside in the snow w/o shoes, will try and touch the hot gas fireplace, and seems to be immune to most pain. All I have done in the past is become seriously frustrated and mad. Not a good situation for either of us. Now, we have high energy activities interspersed w/ small quiet activities and we're working w/ an occupational therapist. Also, I've taken out sugar and boxed foods from his diet and that has helped.

So needless to say, my young son has received the wrong end of the stick, so to speak, from a lot of people. The old saying
"Never judge a book by it's cover". A long road to haul, but worth it's weight in gold.

PS, he's the second of 3 boys

Sincerely, Mom of the 4 almost 5 year old

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Apr 28, 2011
singing and dancing
by: Anonymous

I had SPD, ADHD, and Autism. I'm 36. Put your son in singing and dancing. It will wear him out.

Jan 21, 2011
concerned grandparent
by: cathy

I was reading about your son and some of thing you were saying reminded me of my 4 year old grandson. the difference is my grandson moves fast, and sometimes doesn't realize he maybe hurting someone else. His pre-k teacher said its like he reacts before he thinks. He doesn't like to have his hair washed or taking baths. When you take him to parks he wont play on the play ground. I was wondering if you could tell me more about SPD. I can be emailed at

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