Occupational Therapy

by Kasey

Our 8 1/2 year old daughter has an assessment scheduled with OT in a couple of months. After this process, is she going to be "tagged" with having SPD, or is that left up to her doctor. I've heard that SPD is not a medically diagnosed condition, so how is it dealt with throughout the whole process.


Also, how do I explain to her that she has this. I have just been telling her that we are going to get her some help with her not being able to stand tags in her clothes, etc. She seems pretty okay with it, but it's more than just that. Of the utmost don't want her to feel retarded or mentally challenged in any way, so I am being very careful of what I say to her, and around her.

Thank you for your concern.

Sincerely,

Kasey

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Jun 17, 2009
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No different than asthma
by: Kim Sullivan

I would explain that many people have differences with their bodies. Some children have serious conditions like asthma or severe allergies or diabetes. Fortunately, your child has a difficulty with the way she processes information, but it can be helped just like other problems.
The other suggestions were totally correct too. I love the Arnie book that was recommended because it is my son exactly, even the father that's an accountant.

Jun 16, 2009
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Great Book
by: Amy

I ordered my 7 year old son a book called Arnie and His School Tools Simple Sensory Solutions That Build Success. The author is Jennifer Veenendall. I am also going to buy one for his teacher when he starts 2nd grade. There are several other books that are written for kids. You should look on Amazon.

Jun 16, 2009
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Occupational Therapy
by: Anonymous

Hello I am a mom of a son with autism, who's 9 yrs old. I think the most important for a child who is mainstreamed and can understand their world around them, is that they are NOT different. Kids want to be like everyone else. It's not until they are older that their true personality comes through and they want to be different. So I would down play this. I have sensory issues myself but I am not labeled. As a matter of fact we all have sensory issues to different varying degrees. I personally can't stand to have wet hands and need to dry them asap. If our kids have sensory issues then we do too, only at a lesser degree perhaps. That's my 2 cents.

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