SPD Duration

What happens to children with undiagnosed SPD? Do they "outgrow" it?

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Oct 22, 2009
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I did not outgrow it!
by: Bethany

I have never been diagnosed, but after researching for my son (now 8), suddenly a door was opened to me. I had always known I was a little odd, though couldn't quite figure out why. My sensory issues have actually worsened with age. (of course, the increased stress of life hasn't helped, either) I nearly smacked a guy at the Y the other day because he was smacking gum, and I had to leave the room because of a little kid doing it today.

My biggest problems are auditory and tactile. Lots of screaming kids, or weird whistling/humming can nearly make me lose it. Snuggling with my husband is insanely difficult, and I often have to work ridiculously hard to make an intimate evening bearable.

So, get treatment early, and be as understanding as you can. if you don't have it, you don't really know what it's like, but I can tell that all of you are very compassionate, and trying to find the best ways to help your kids. It's totally worth it, so don't give up!

Aug 23, 2009
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Life long battle
by: Anonymous

No they never out grow SPD O.T and S.T is your answer therapy will help with the melt downs and get to the root of the behavior but SPD is a life long struggle who ever has ever had a child out grow SPD I would love to hear from them

Aug 23, 2009
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by: Angie

I don't think anyone really out grows it. I think through life and situations and with growing up they can learn to deal with certain things. I think OT is suppose to make it easier on them now so maybe it won't be harder later on.

Aug 23, 2009
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by: Alisa

I think undiagnosed SPD kids wont necessarily grow out of it, but if the parents are supportive the child may be able to learn to over come and cope with with it. If the parents are not supportive and the child never gets helps and is having lots of trouble coping then I believe the possibility of the child developing co-morbid disorders like anxiety is highly possible. Children with SPD basically have a fright, flight fight reaction to sensory issues like too much noise. Depending on the child's degree of sensitivity depends on the reactive behaviour eg avoiding touching things or covering ears, ot having a melt down over something.

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