My 5 year old son might have SPD

My 5 year old has had a lot of issues all his life. he will get angry for no reason at all. sometimes he will refuse to wear what clothes i pick out and instead want to wear all of 1 color from shirt to socks. when he gets mad most of the time he will hit the nearest person or thing even if they are not the reason he is mad. he also does not seem to know when he has to use the bathroom even after being fully potty trained at age 2. he was diagnosed being ADHD last month but the medications he is on do not seem to help at all. i'm taking the checklist with me when we go for his follow up to see if they might agree that he has it.


He also never sits still and is disruptive in school for no reason at all. he is also refusing to go to sleep in his own bed and must be right against me in my bed in order to fall asleep. he also has massive tantrums over what seems like nothing. he'll want to get a cat toy but thinks he should get 2 since we have 2 cats or be told he can only get one box of snacks and want to. the crying and tantrums keep going until he makes himself sick especially if it is over any type of change in his routine i'm really hoping to get answers to what is going on with him because after a year of therapy nothing is helping any more

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Nov 05, 2014
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OMG, SOUNDS LIKE MY 3 YR OLD
by: Anonymous

I HAVE TO SAY,READING THIS POST, I THOUGHT I HAD WRITTEN IT MYSELF, I HAVE A 3 YR OLD SON, HE WAS DEVELOPMENTALLY DELAY WITH LANGUAGE AND SPEECH, AT 2YRS OLD THEY EVALUATED HIM TO HAVE THE VOCABULARY OF A 11 MONTH OLD!! BUT THEN HE STARTED SHOWING SOME SIGNS OF BEHAVIOR ISSUES, IF HE WANTS SOMETHING AND YOU TELL HIM NO....THE VIOLENT OUT BURST IS SOO TENSE THAT I HAVE TO REMOVE MYSELF AT TIMES AND LET SOMEONE ELSE LIKE HIS DAD TAKE OVER, HE WILL SCREAM SOOO LOUD FOR A LOOONG TIME THAT HE WILL COUGH AND COUGH AND THEN HE THROWS UP, ALL THE TIME. HE IS ALWAYS RUNNING AROUND, CLIMBING AND JUMPING FROM ONE COUCH TO THE OTHER, HE PULLED THE TV BY THE CORD ONE DAY AND THANK GOODNESS HE DIDNT GET HURT WHEN THE TV FELL...BUT HE DIDNT STOP THERE IT HAS HAPPENED 3 MORE TIMES, I TOOK IT OUT OF THE LIVING ROOM, I BOUGHT HIM A TABLE AND 2 CHAIRS LIKE THE ONES WITH THE DISNEY CHARACTERS ONE IT, WELL HE TOOK THE TABLE MOVED IT NEXT TO THE SOFA THEN TOOK THE CHAIR AND PUT IN ON THE TABLE, AND PROCEEDED TO CLIMB UP TO STAND ON THE CHAIR THAT WAS WOBBLING, I DONT KNOW WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF I DIDNT WALK IN WHEN I DID, I WAS GONE FOR 2 MINUTES IF THAT, NEEDLESS TO SAY HE LONGER HAS THAT TABLE AND CHAIR SET, I COULDNT CHANCE IT, AND POTTY TRAINING, JEEZ HE WILL BE 4 NEXT MONTH AND STILL IN PULL UPS, MORNINGS ARE THE WORST!!! I MEAN HE WILL KICK AND HIT AND SCREAM FOR EVER,ITS GOTTEN SO BAD THAT MY 13 YR OLD DAUGHTER HAS TO HELP ME GET HIM READY,BUT HE STILL FLIPS OUT, I DO NOTICE HE LOVES ATTENTION, AND COLORING BUT DONT TELL HIM WHAT AND HOW TO DO IT, CUZ YOU CANT I MEAN YOU CANT MAKE MATTHEW DO ANYTHING HE DOESNT WANT TO, AND THAT GOES FOR EVERYTHING, EVEN AT SCHOOL, IF ITS SOMETHING HE LIKES HE DOES IT...NO ISSUES, BUT IF HE DOESNT LIKE IT, FORGET IT, IT AINT HAPPENING. NAIL BITING IS WHAT HE IS DOING NOW, HANDS AND TOES!!! BUT I TRY TO REASON WITH HIM AND GIVE HIM A CHOICE THIS OR THAT AND THATS IT, IT WORKS SOMETIMES, NOT AS OFTEN AS I WISH, AND NOT WITH MORE IMPORTANT TASKS BUT ILL TAKE IT. I DONT KNOW WHAT HE WILL BE LIKE WHEN HE IS NO LONGER IN THE ESE PROGRAM, BUT I DO EVERYTHNG IN MY POWER TO HELP HIM AND GET HIM THE HELP AND RESOURCES TO ENSURE THAT HE GETS THE TOOLS TO HELP HIM SUCCEED AND BECOME A SUCCESSFULLY FUNCTIONING MEMBER OF SOCIETY. I WILL TAKE THIS CHECKLIST TO HIS NEXT IEP MEETING AND HAVE THE OT LOOK AT IT, I HOPE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO HELP MATTHEW, CUZ THATS ALL I WANT,JUST FOR HIM TO BE OK. YOU ARE NOT ALONE,MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.

May 28, 2014
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grandson sensory issues
by: Anonymous

My grandson is finally being helped with sensory
processing problems. He has always been sensitive, very sweet and friendly. The past year
he has been having problems with behavior,
acting out aggressively hitting the closest person
when he is upset. He has started kindergarten so I know that is a major stress. His father and
step mom also add to that because they treat things totally differently than we do at our home,and they tried to label him as autistic without understanding what that is. We feel it is a sensory disorder and the school agrees. He is now going to occupational therapy and just started being brushed. It seems to calm
him down a little. Hopefully with more ideas on
helping him deal with his sensory issues will help him in school. At least he has a good team
helping him there.

Oct 13, 2013
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Hang in there
by: Anonymous

Hang in there. We are in the same boat, but have you considered researching Bi Polorism?

Aug 04, 2012
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I'm with you!
by: Anonymous

Reading this was like looking at my 5 year old son. He ate everything as a baby but once he moved from baby foods to solids his diet started to get more and more restricted. He also will only eat pizza and PB sandwiches and also chicken nuggets, but only one brand and he knows the difference too. Also only eats fries at restaurants which limits where we can go. Its frustrating I know. We did give him Pediasure for a while like you. My son is also a "puker" as we call him, especially when he was younger he would eat until he got sick, also if he coughs too hard he throws up. I have thought for a while that he may have some sensory issues because he is very sensitive to bright lights and loud sounds. He covers his ears a lot and squints his eyes when outside. He is also always moving, jumping on the couch, jumping off the stairs and so on. My husband thinks I am just looking for something but I just want to have an explanation for his behavior. My son also taught himself to read....not sure how, one day he could read, and pretty difficult words too. Both his pre-k teacher and I were really surprised. She kept calling him gifted but I don't want to put any labels on him at such a young age....

Jun 21, 2012
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We have a 4 year old like this
by: Anonymous

Have you tried reading the book "Raising Your Spirited Child"? My son is headed to a neurologist for a diagnosis..he definitely has some sensory issues since birth, but this book helped with a lot of suggestions for curbing the tantrums and teaching kids how to communicate to let us know how/what overwhelms them. It also taught me how to pick up on the signs of my son getting overwhelmed and the sources of him acting out. Good luck! Also, facebook has a group for high needs/spirited children and it is great.

Jun 07, 2012
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We had the same experience
by: Janice

I am so sorry to hear about your frustration, and your son's. I had the same experience, and you can't help but think you have done something wrong or that he doesn't love you normally. We found that his aggression was a way for him to push us away when he was too stimulated...the sound of our voice, our touch...it was just all to much so he "freaked out" and threw things and hit. It was most often directed at me, his mother. I felt so, so sad. Once we got the correct diagnosis (adhd medicine didn't work on our son either) and found that SPD was the issue, the occupational therapy, the weight program (he wears 2 pound ankel weight as much as we can get him to)and the school providing OT during the week have turned him around. He now has friends, doesn't hit kids, and is very social. Our therapy has only been for 5 months, so we are hoping we can get him to stop being rude verbally (again, a way to push people away when he is over stimulated), and be able to take direction from the teachers more easily. He is now a dream at home, but the school sounds and movement are hard to manage without calm down breaks at school. Get a diagnosis of SPD from a professional OT (see medical section of insurance, not mental health) and then get the teachers buy in to start providing services. Good luck - you are a great, great mom!

Jun 07, 2012
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Re :5 year old son
by: Anonymous

Hello. It is really very hard. My son is turning two this month. Diagnosed with GDD Autism not ruled out. We are worried also. Hang in there. Go with your instincts. if you feel you need to try other approach or other therapy method, do so. Good luck. We are also hoping we could treat our son and help him live a normal and productive life.

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