Resistant Eater - SPD

by Melissa
(NSW Australia)

Hi, I have just discovered through this website that my 5 year old has a Sensory Processing Disorder which noone has mentioned to me before. He is definitely a 'Resistant Eater' and it has become extremely hard for me to give him the correct nutritian he needs, plus it's driving me crazy in the kitchen! I am a very patient person and have been so for the past 5 years but feeding him is getting harder rather than easier and I am finding myself less patient as I am tired.


Can anyone help me? I need to find a specialist who understands this Disorder. He has undergone Speech Therapy and is currently having Occupational Therapy sessions for Low Muscle Tone, Balance and holding a pen. I now wonder whether all of these things are interelated? (ie speech, muscle tone and oral sensory issues).

We live in Sydney, in the Sutherland Shire. Do I need to see a Pediatrician, Speak to his OT teacher or see a Feeding Specialist? I'd really like to go straight to the source (specific specialist) rather than trying a few different professionals.

Thank you for your time.

Regards,

Melissa

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Jun 08, 2012
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Hopefully good news
by: Kali

They're all inter related in a sense that they're all sensory issues. You're in luck. If you're in Sydney go to Facebook and look up a website called Sensory Processing Support- Australia. They should be able to help as far as directing you to more local specialists. As far as picky eating, I've got no advice. I'm both hypno and hyper when it comes to food. Some textures I hate, but I love spicy foods. Hopefully this helps and someone on there knows a food sensory specialist.

Jun 07, 2012
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resistant eater
by: marjory glasgow scotland

Hi
My 8yr old sounds very like your child, He wouldnt hold a pencil and when he did his hand writting was terrible. He was firstly diagnosed with reduced proprioception by an o.t. this effects the muscles in his upper body, he didnt crawl as a baby he bottom shuffled. His arms shoulders stomach neck and fingures all not very strong . Too help he has an excersice plan 10min every day first thing in morn at school and also at home. This helps him no end. He would cover his ears at loud unexpected noises. This is oversensitive hearing/ if you google tomatis prog we completed this and what a difference. Afew speach and language therapists run the programe. Privately i,m afaid and expensive but very well worth it in our case. I fought for a paedeatrician to see my son, he was diagnosed last year with aspergers syndrome part of the autism umbarella. We work very hard with my son to keep him as happy and the same as all the other boys and girls in his class. So far this has happened, but i have noticed the older he gets the more noticable he his in the school playground. My heart breaks for him but so far he doesnt notice anything. We have always been very honest with him explaining as much as poss to him. We even had an autistic talk in his class afew weeks ago that went down very well with the other children. Mt son and i both done this. Good luck and keep on fighting you are his mother and no one knows better than you.

Jun 07, 2012
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RE: resistant eater
by: Lyn

Hello. I have a son turning two next month. Resistant eater. now on gluten free casein free diet. diagnosed with GDD autism not ruled out. Drools and babbles. no eye contact, no speech. we are worried. so far always with tantrums during OT sessions. Just hang in there. go with your instincts. if you feel you need to try other approach, methods do so. Remember, we also want the best for our children. We are hoping they'll grow up to live a normal and productive life. Good luck.

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