Spike in sensory sensitivity

Son 4 diagnosed with SPD - we are on waiting list for SI OT. He was doing great until he turned 4 first it was no more coats, then socks, now underwear and all clothes. It spiked out of no where.


Anyone else experienced this and does it spike up and down or just get worse?

Thanks

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May 13, 2010
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I remember it well
by: Jessica

My son is still that way at times...he's almost 8. We do OT exercises to get him "used to" certain sensations.

When he was learning to walk, he'd refuse to walk on grass - his legs would go up before I could put him down. But, he wouldn't wear shoes or socks & that also meant certain carpets, sand, bark chips, and gravel were out too. He also doesn't like the "sound" of some of the things he walks on.

I notice the spike is worst when he is over stimulated (too much going on around him - lots of noise, kids running around, etc.), when he's tired (long day or a lot of playing hard), when he's hungry (yup, I know, it's just that way), and of course, when he is sick (allergies, cold and, oh yes, when he got his inoculations - biggie for him).

Good luck. I think it is up and down - not worse and worse. OT will help a lot - bring this up and they can work with you. -J

May 13, 2010
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spike in sensory
by: Anonymous

I noticed with my own daughter that when i would work with her on something like tolerating sand on her feet then she would start picking her lip until it bled. Then i would try to stop her from picking her lip and she would end up constantly wanting to eat ice. It never ends. It's like i push one thing back only to have it pop out in a different form.

So i wondered if when this spike happened if there was a trigger.

After lots of work she can at least tolerate sand without the meltdowns, but she still picks her lip all the time, and ice is calming to her. She has a long list, i just try and work on the things that make life difficult. She likes to wear swim suits, tights, and tight panties. I don't care what she wears as long as she is covered appropriately. I have had to learn to be very laid back about lots of things with her.

May 01, 2009
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You are not alone
by: Kim Sullivan

It can go up and down. My son was doing great until recently (he is in kindergarten). They now started sensory work twice a day at school and it's much better now.

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