Can children older than age 7 benefit from an OT?
My son is 8 years old and I have long felt that he had some sensory issues due to some eccentric behaviors and subtle things he does that I can't really explain. Most of the time he can fit in with the world (which is probably why he is age 8 and I am just finally banging my head against a wall in frustration) but some days he'll be more off kilter, showing more frustration, agitation and behavioral problems more than usual. He will have meltdowns over minor things and has trouble really keeping friends but really does try. I don't think he is autistic. I have a brother with autism and he really does not act like him at all. I used to be afraid it might be Aspergers but aside from trouble making friends he really does not fit that criteria either.
Last year we had the school evaluate him and the OT who evaluated him definitely picked up on sensory issues and he is on an ED plan receiving services once a week for 30 minutes. My husband and I thought we would try out the school OT first and see how he did. I think she is doing a wonderful job with him but I fear it is still not enough. I really want to seek outside help in addition to what he gets in school. Of course going through insurance is a nightmare but I will pay out of pocket if necessary to get him officially evaluated.
Some questions I have are:
If we are finally able to get him officially diagnose with SI can therapy help at his older age?
Is an evaluation costly if we do have to pay for it ourselves?
I know SI can't be cured but can it help my son adjust more to his world? I am feeling so depressed and frustrated at this point not knowing what will happen long term for my son.