Pushing objects into eyes/face?

by Robyn
(Aurora, Colorado)

My 3-year-old son was diagnosed with SPD about a year ago and had visits from an OT for about 3 months (until he aged out of our assistance program here). One of his issues that the OT was unsure how to address was his frequent desire to push objects into his eyes and face. Most often he pushes his face up against the legs and arms of other people, focusing on their joints like knees or elbows (I guess because they resist pressure better). He will also shove objects such as loose change or toys into the corner of his eyes.


I had him evaluated by two eye docs and neither of them found any problems with his vision. The OT suggested that we focus on the sensory input for the rest of his body and maybe the eye/face thing would resolve itself. We've seen improvement in other areas by doing therapy, but the eye/face problem not only remains, but may actually be getting worse.

Has anyone else experienced anything similar and if so, have you had any luck in working toward a solution? Thanks!

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Mar 28, 2010
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by: Robyn

It's a troublesome thing to watch, isn't it? I just got the name of a specialist here in Colorado that treats eye problems in conjunction with SPD. Since my first post, my son has been diagnosed with amblyopia (lazy eye) and his doc prescribed glasses and an eye patch (neither of which he wants to wear, of course). Lucy Miller is the name of the specialist if you want to find out more about what she does. I figure she will be expensive and I'm sure her services will not be covered by insurance, so I'm trying to save a little money before I contact her.

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by: Anonymous

Although I have no solution for you. My niece does similar things. She will shove her fingers into her eyes to the point that it hurts me and makes me cringe. She enjoys rubbing things on her lips and stuffing her mouth too. I don't know about the eye thing. The other things she displays are SPD issues. She is only 16 months old right now. We are learning and working for a better future. Good luck!

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