4 Year old girl... does she have SPD?

I am a teacher of a Pre-K classroom which I have been with for 3 months. I have a 4 year old girl who I just don't know what to do with anymore. She has always had a problem paying attention and is often in her own world i.e. dancing around, saying nonsensical things, zoning out. She was doing okay for awhile, but over the past month she has started being very disruptive at nap time. She laughs to herself and in the teachers faces saying nonsensical things. It's like she can't control it.

My other teachers and I have tried being firm with her, tried being very sweet, tried ignoring her, etc. We gave her toys to play with at nap, which lasts her a few minutes, then she is off again. I feel like things are getting worse and we are not helping ourselves or her. Do you think she may have a sensory processing disorder? If so, how can we help her/ourselves?

By the way, she often likes to go to the art area, pour out glue, and put her fingers in it. Also, instead of painting with paint we offer on certain projects, she rubs them on her hands and arms, washes it off, then rubs them on them again.

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Nov 06, 2012
Get an Evaluation
by: Anonymous

It's quite possible she could have SPD, with a secondary dx of ADHD. Your best option is to find a reputable physician in your area to discuss this with, and if you dont get any answers, find a psychologist/psychiatrist to evaluate her. With my experience, my pediatrician didn't have any answers for me, and I jumped through hoops for several years. (The signs were there at an early age for my son- but when you arent familiar with SPD, you just dont know..)..So, after a long few years of trying to figure this out myself, I found a psychologist in our area that specialized in SPD, ADHD, and Autism. Dont be afraid to ask questions when you call around. With research and exploration, you will gain knowledge. It was the best thing we ever did. You will find relief knowing that she does, or doesnt have SPD.. You can then move forward with the appropriate treatment.. My son was officially diagnosed with SPD and ADHD, and I felt such relief KNOWING that I could get help for the behavior issues.. Good luck! Connie

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