Could my daughter have SPD?

by Adelle
(Silverdale, WA)

My 2 1/2 year old daughter has always seemed a little different from other children her age. She seems pretty mild, but has some issues with food (i.e. she likes most things with cheese, pasta, rice, mostly bland foods). But she seems to be more a thrill-seeker in most areas. She loves jumping on the couch, bed and floor. She'll jump around all the time, or run, and lately she's been jumping onto the floor landing on her knees. It worries me every time because I think it can't be good for her knees and legs to do that.

She now likes to play with other kids, but doesn't know what to do other than run around trying to chase them, or she growls "ROOAAR" at them, and they seem taken aback with her. She zones in on something sometimes when I try to talk to her, and she hears me, she smiles or says "what" but she doesn't move her eyes or body, like she's stuck, and then she seems to just snap out of it.

I don't know if it's me being paranoid, or not because my pediatrician doesn't seem too concerned. She was very colicky as a baby and had to be on prevacid because of acid reflux. So needless to say, she didn't like to be held. Even to this day we have to ask, nay beg, for a hug and kiss. Sometimes she's generous, other times, she pushes and strains away as though it's painful. I just don't know how to get someone to evaluate her.

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Oct 09, 2009
My 2 1/2 year old just diagnosed with SPD
by: Allison

Take a checklist of behaviors (SPD and otherwise) to your pediatrician and insist something is not right. This is what I did just last week with my 2 1/2 year old son who has eating issues as well and is a sensory seeker too.

Ask for a prescription for an OT evaluation and treatment and don't back off. Then find out who is in network with your insurance provider. There is also a state funded agency called Babies Don't Wait. OT treatment is usually only covered for 6 months and stops at age 3. Then you have to go through the public school, I think. This is actually all new to me. Be firm and you will eventually get the answers you want. Trust your gut instincts about your daughter. mommy does know best. God bless you, your daughter, and family!

I would love to hear how it turns out.
The OT called me yesterday to say he did have SPD in several areas and will start receiving weekly services in 2 weeks. I am also pursuing a speech eval just in case. Better to be safe than sorry.

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