SPD Help for an 11 year old in Maryland

by Micky
(Maryland)

My oldest daughter has SPD. I knew something was different from the day she was born. She could not even sleep in a crib, because she would wake up if she hit the sides. She was terrified of the vacuum cleaner and cried for hours. If we went to church or a place to eat, she crawled under the table because of the noise.


When she was 3 I took her to a developmental ped, because I thought she had ADHD. The Dr. knew right away she had SPD. I tried to get her help, but she is intellectually gifted and was put out of the program. She is now 11 and has a few friends because she is in a school for gifted kids( she fits in a little because they are all a little quirky). When she attended a normal private school, she did not have friends.

I never got her treatment and I am now concerned about her teen years without treatment. She is so shy, that it is a social issue. She can not speak up and has no voice in the world. I think because she is so smart, she has learned to somehow blend in and fake it. She keeps it all in when someone at school does something bad to her and comes home to her safe zone and takes it out on us. Recently, I took her on required interviews for private school entry for middle school and she was paralyzed when greeted and asked questions. If I were the interviewer I would have thought her behavior was strange.

I just went in the bathroom when she was showering and the water was so hot it stung my hands. My question is how do I get her help now to prepare her for her future and new schools and friends? She still wakes up several at night and gets into my bed. Hates to go to sleep. Never at my side in a store. Wears little clothing in the home, no socks in the Winter and wants to eat and drink 24 hours a day. She also craves sugar and seems to never get enough. She could play outside or on a playground for 24 hours too. She seems to old for me to have to always tell her to stop doing something when we are out in public. I keep waiting for her to grow out of it, but I guess that will not happen. Help. Am I to late for treatment?

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May 03, 2011
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anon
by: AJ

ps- on the sugar side of things, have you considered that she may have candida? my son had candida and when we took him off sugar and really limited it at times when he did have some, there was a WORLD of difference in him, in behavior, in his ability to cope with change, his sleep habits, etc. you may want to consider reading about that and seeing if she fits the symptoms/checklist for it.

http://www.candidasupport.org/symptoms.html
http://www.yeastconnection.com/

also, just basic dietary changes can help a lot.

May 03, 2011
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Anon
by: AJ

it's never too late. seek help now. find an occupational therapist in your area, or there may even be one available through her school? i agree with the previous post, talking about it with her and allowing her to help come up with ways to deal with these issues is part of the solution and part of helping her and you accept her challenges.

sounds to me like she may have some anxiety as well? which many kids with spd do have some. also, sounds like she may be hypo-sensitive to some things and hyper-sensitive to others. an occupational therapist would have some great ideas/resources to help you all navigate these concerns. :) good luck!

Apr 19, 2011
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Never Too Late
by: DebbieKinIl

Go to your Dr and ask him to write a prescription for an OT evaluation for sensory processing disorder, for your child. Then check many OT's to find the best fit for an older child. Most important - talk to your child about SID- she is NOT alone- and if you and she understand what is the cause of SID behaviors- this is the first step.

At age 11, she should be able to contribute ways to improve her life. Go for it- Even a trip to the library for resources or an on line stuff is a good start.

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