Still not certain

by Shelley
(U.K)

My Daughter is nearly six. For the last two years she has "hung" on furniture. She clings on to chairs, tables, benches etc using her forearms for support and stares into space. At first I thought it was just a habit and that she would grow out of it. Just recently it has become a more common occurrence and her teacher expressed her concern.


After a visit to the G.P with an unbelievably unrealistic diagnosis I decided to research the internet, and came across SPD.

As I went through the checklist I realised that my Daughter has so many of the symptoms, but I am still sceptical of course.

She is a very bright and bubbly little girl and in the top academic groups at school. She does not seem to have any social issues, but she is afraid of the toilet flushing and will cover her ears when she does so or avoid it all together, sings to herself and talks constantly, avoids eye contact, loves the smell of bleach, prefers bland foods, ie, plain pasta, white rice. She hates her food touching each other on the plate, hops or skips instead of walking, tells people to be quiet even when she is making noise herself and many more including hanging on the furniture.

Although she has many of the characteristics of this disorder I am still not sure. Our G.P has referred my Daughter to a Paediatric Neurologist. If she is diagnosed with SPD I'm sure it will be a relief as we will be able to understand her behaviour better.


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Dec 17, 2010
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Probably does have spd
by: Anonymous

My daughter is 11 and at 5 and 6 years olds she did this a lot. My daughter may have spd.

Nov 30, 2010
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Sounds certain to me!
by: Anonymous

Your daughter definitely presents with signs of insufficient sensory processing and this explains her enjoying hanging onto furniture. It would be good if the pediatrician can refer you to an occupational therapist. In the mean time you may find the "heavy work" activities helpful.

Good luck!

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