My Sister's Kid is HYPERACTIVE

by Esther
(Kenya)

My younger sister has a healthy boy who is 3 years old. This boy is always on the move literally running and does not seem to rest except when he's asleep. He climbs on any height on sight like TV cabinets, rails, walls and does not seem to fear falling down from there. He is always hitting items, flashing toilets, opening water taps, turning furniture upside down and many other uncoordinated activities. He is always crying as he does all these stuff and can't stop even when efforts to calm him down are applied.


However, one problem stands out i.e. at his current age of 3 years he cant utter a single word. Efforts to enroll him in a daycare/school proved frustrating when the teachers said they couldn't handle him. The boy was taken to a specialist doctor who diagnosed his problem as Sensory Processing Disorder and referred to national referral hospital in our country (Kenya). My sister is at her wits end. No one seems to be able to handle this sweet boy. She kindly requested me to check from the internet about this condition.

After running through the checklist, am a bit relieved to note that this dysfunctional behavior falls in most of the areas highlighted but I can't locate the one on speech. Any one out there with such an experience can please share with us any resourceful materials which can assist us in rightly handling the young boy such that he can grow up normally just like other kids of his age.

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May 20, 2010
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speech and sensory issues
by: Anonymous

It's fortunate that this boy has loving, caring people looking into what is going on with him!

It's very common for kids with sensory processing disorder to have a speech delay. The process of producing speech involves body awareness and tactile sensations in the mouth, as well as auditory processing skills, all of which can be challenges for a child with sensory issues. An evaluation by a qualified speech language pathologist who is familiar with sensory issues would be your best evaluator. It's possible that like many sensory kids he has apraxia: Check out more about this at http://www.apraxia-kids.org

Providing safe, socially acceptable ways for him to get movement and meet his sensory needs will, believe it or not, actually help with getting to talk--or at least, that is often the case. Movement, particularly vestibular movement (spinning, swinging) often has a huge effect on speech centers.

But get an evaluation if you can and you can also learn more at http://www.sensorysmartparent.com and in the articles here.

--Nancy

May 17, 2010
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speaking
by: Jessica

My son did not talk a "normal" word until he was almost 4. He has issues with his tongue (gags easily, etc.). He was in speech therapy at school for a few years and speaks fine now. I was told it was due to the SPD, but I'm not positive. I just figured I'd get help with whatever he needed help for and it has worked out fine so far. I hope everything works for your nephew too. Good job checking it out and good luck too.

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