SPD in 7-year old

by AnneMarie
(California)

Hello,


My son was born with a cord around his neck and with meconium in his lungs. He had trouble breathing and was in ICU for 4 days.

I never realized, up until now, the impact that experience could have on his general well-being.

My son had issues with tags, seams in socks, food textures, loud noises, most shoes, etc. for the first 6 years of his life. He also had - up until age 6 - extreme anxiety getting in front of people (e.g., singing performances).

I am feeling deep regret for not getting him help early on -- my pediatrician shrugged it off and said he would outgrow it. He's 7 now and has outgrown most of it. But, he still has issues with some clothes (mostly jackets and some shoes) and food. I'm mostly worried about the latter. He won't eat any fruit or any vegetable...including fruit juice. He won't try new foods (he gags and throws up). He won't brush his teeth with "spitting" toothpaste. He also still has performance anxiety but he will at least tolerate it (before, he would shake and cry and break down).

Is it too late to get him help at age 7? I don't want to label him now as he's astute to what's going on. But, I also want to do what's best for him.

I can't go back and fix the past. But, what can i do now? I am crying and losing sleep over this. Feel like I failed my son in his most critical growth years.

Advice?

Thanks
AnneMarie

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Feb 03, 2010
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Therapy in teens
by: Anonymous

Hi-
I'm 19 years old and I believe I have SPD. However, I didn't actually know anything about the condition until I was 17 years old. I ended up going through professional occupational, speech, and eye therapy while I was in my teens. So yes, I believe you can still find help for your child, even if he is 7. I didn't start any kind of therapy till I was 13 and I am a normal, functioning, adult. I was also born with my cord around my neck. Good luck!

Sincerly-
Mary

Feb 03, 2010
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Insurance & therapy?
by: Anonymous

Could someone please go into detail about how to get Insurance to pay for OT therapy? I new to all of this, yet my child has been diagnosed with SPD, but without therapy. I truly believe he needs therapy, so I'm trying to get another eval done. What are the correct terms to use to get Insurance to pay for ongoing therapy? Any advice?!

Jan 30, 2010
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OT
by: mo2g

My 7yo just started occupational therapy 6 months ago at 6 1/2 years. It has already made a huge difference. I really think you and your son will be better off after starting therapy. There are older kids than my DD there. I wouldn't worry about labels, but your insurance might. SPD should be a secondary diagnosis probably.

My DD has an hour of therapy in the sensory gym and then an hour in a feeding group. We are also looking at vision therapy, but my insurance doesn't cover it so we may not get to do that.

Our therapist has told me that she is putting herself back on listening therapy and she's probably in her 40's so it's never too late.

My 12yo was also born w/ the cord around her neck and meconium in her lungs. She didn't have quite the experience that your son did, but I still doubt that the problems your son experienced at birth have caused his sensory issues. Our OT says that everyone has some sensory issues. The impact that the issues have on our daily lives is what determines our need for therapy.

Our docs didn't have a clue either. They thought my DD was cute. *sigh*

Jan 30, 2010
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therapy
by: Anonymous

Hello Anne Marie, do not feel guilty, it happened to many of us, because some pediatricians, etc. .. are not informed about SPD. but at 7 years of therapy can still help to improve. courage and good fortune.

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