Two year old son....

by Angie
(Cranston, RI)

I am writing this to reach out to other parents who children may have SPD...I started looking into this site after a plan ride to visit the in-laws..my son has such a hard time getting comfortable he was in the aisle on the floor trying to get to sleep..screaming for well over half hour never getting comfortable...at the end of the flight a women says to me he has sensory issues, I laughed it off and said well you have to pick your battles especially on the plane.


THen I start reading and OMG he has sooo many of these symptoms especially the sleep difficultys. He screams and is so irritable before going to sleep, gets up several times a night. As far as some other things he hates lights, the sun, wind anything on his face, has to have clothes on wants all tags off his clothes if we can get him to wear any. He has tantrums several times a day and now that we are on vacation out of our environment he's been completely unbearable screaming the car for no reason for over 45 mins nothing consoles him. It's so frustrating and I don't know how to help him??? I have went thru the checklist and I definitely think once we get back home it's worth mentioning to the doctor.

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Apr 30, 2010
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been there
by: Anonymous

Vacations are so hard because your child is exposed to things that their not used to. Our first family vacation to the beach was a nightmare, daughter had aversion to sand. Would scream so much, I had to sit in a tide pool to let her play in the water "safely" away from the sand.

It's all about figuring out what is causing the tantrums. OT helped so much, just by learning that we could desensitize was huge. After lots of work, she still doesn't like sand, but we no longer have the out of control tantrums.

Our daughter was also affected by wind, I would usually have to carry her in and out of the house to/from car to "protect" her from it, but got better with OT.

good luck

Mar 03, 2010
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by: Anonymous

Thank you for the advice, he turned 2 in January and that's what I am trying to do educate myself ad so far this website has been very resourceful...:)

Feb 27, 2010
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Hi.
by: Anonymous

You never said his age. Just don't get yourself stressed out, so you can help him! I have a daughter with Asperger and the main thing is the SPD that "disables" her. It is not the end of the world, but the issues have to be addressed, so his quality of life and level of functioning is optimal, plus the family life quality. Read a lot, again, don't get yourself stressed, identify his talents and things that make him feel good. Definitely, check to see if he needs special accommodations in school (school is a bis sensory "problem" with all the commotion, smells, lights, fire drills etc.). Don't take any advice without researching yourself first, use your judgment, ultimately, you know him best. Just love him and see what's best for him.

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