I have a 3 1/2 yr. old daughter that does not sleep through the night, never has, she stopped napping about 6-8 months ago, very rarely will she take a nap. Sleep has been the biggest issue. She is visibly tired throughout the day. I took her to her doctor, who referred us to a sleep specialist, who referred us to a clinic on sensory processing. We went to this "clinic" which was me talking to the therapist while my daughter played. I filled out a sensory profile and received the "scores" a couple days ago.
I had to look up most of the terms on the internet!! It basically said my daughter was at risk for vestibular processing, and we are encouraged to meet w/an OT, as well as a mental health provider. I will pursue this route, I think first w/the OT, and see how that goes.
I just found this webpage and went through this checklist, and based on this, my daughter only has a few things.
I'm just wondering if anyone has dealt w/this w/a sleep deprived child? I'm trying to find a solution to get her to sleep all night, in hopes of that helping her throughout the day. She has moments where she can't sit still and doesn't listen, but she's only 3 1/2!! So I wonder how much is age appropriate, how much is sleep related, and how much is this sensory stuff?? I will talk more to the doctors, just wanted some opinions.
It was just heart breaking to read the report the doctor sent, made it sound like she was severely mentally challenged and in seeing her everyday I would never have thought that. I have a 6 year old son who is very different, in that he was a little easier in some areas... could write his name and the alphabet by the time he was 3, was reading when he was 5...but he also had alot more 1 on 1 time for 2 1/2 years before my daughter came along.
Anyway, just wondering if anyone can relate to this. Thank you.