Where/Who to begin with?

by Kay
(Crystal Lake IL)

I believe my toddler has some sensory sensitive areas - do I talk with my pediatrician first??? I am not sure he will see my concerns in the same light. I am thinking he will say he is 2 and some of these things are "normal" for 2 year olds - maybe they are?? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Thank you!

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Dec 19, 2010
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write it all down
by: Anonymous

Write down everything you can remember from newborn until now to talk about with his pediatrician. IF you nursed,then how he nursed, did he have problems latching on, how did he sleep, did he have to be rocked for a long time, did it take a long time for him to learn to self soothe etc....anything you can think of whether you think it is a big deal or not. I am about to have my son evaluated. I talked with my ped several times about behavioral issues I was concerned about and it wasn't until I could give her the big picture that she realized it was more than just "normal" toddler stuff. There are a lot of things about my son that I thought were going on because he was just a shy child. Now I don't think that is the case. So just try to present as big of a picture as you can.

Feb 11, 2010
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referral
by: Anonymous

With my insurance, I needed a referral from the primary care doctor in order to see an OT. I called the primary doctor and asked for a referral to see an OT because I felt that my daughter needed to be evaluated for SPD and I needed an OT who specialized in SPD that was in my network for insurance. The doctors office set me up with one. I was assertive with the doctors office because I had heard of horror stories of getting the run-around on this disorder. Within 24 hours I had the name of a great OT and had the referral that I needed. Hope this advice helps.

Feb 06, 2010
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call early intervention
by: Anonymous

simple. I live in Massachusetts. Here you can call Early Intervention and they assess without a physician referral and often they know more about these issues than some pediatricians. Look up which division covers your town and run with it-simply call and get the ball rolling. OTs are often trained in picking this up. Early intervention covers 0-3, then school system takes over and school systems can be tough with addressing sensory issues-do it NOW.

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