Dealing with a SPD Child...
I am a mom of 4 beautiful kids! I just recently found out my daughter has SPD, She is a 4 year old beautiful,smart,caring little girl.
When she was born, she cried all the time. The doctor thought it was colic, or digestive problems, so those issues were treated... But as a mom knowing your child something still didn't seem right she always wanted to be in her diaper,and always seemed to be throwing major temper tantrums.
I called the doctor and explained my feelings to him... he stated that she at the time is only 2 years old and it's hard to tell what a child's quirks are at that age...
By the time she was 3, she would only wear what she called "Tappy shoes", only a certain dress, NO socks,sneakers,jeans,long sleeve shirts,jackets. I would force pants on her because we live in New England with different temperatures all the time. As soon as we would get in the car she would go into a major temper tantrum and would throw everything off sitting in her underwear.
As time went on the spd got worse she will not wear a seatbelt in the car because it is not "tight enough". She will only wear flip flops & one dress with a very light jacket. She secludes herself in the house because she doesn't want to wear pants,sneakers,etc...
She will be turning 5 in march and with the way she is there is no way I can send her to school like this... We are now approaching winter too & I dread it because I know there will be no sneakers,pants, etc. She will only wear certain
underwear if they are not the skunk,barbie ones , she throws herself on the floor in a rage... pulling them off after long stares and judgment on my parenting.
I went to my daughters doctor again & said please as a mom... something isn't right. Still clueless to what SPD was, he got in touch with a specialist that deals with SPD in children... I did my own research & found this site... and cried in pure joy that I did not feel so alone...
She doesn't have all the symptoms of SPD. She is okay with sounds and food. The only issue we have with her... is clothes and major temper tantrums... it breaks my heart to see my daughter cry over clothes.
After reading some of the signs of SPD and what it feels like to them, I cried & cried to know that this is what my daughter feels everyday. Then the guilt sets in about all the times we were angry with her... thinking she was being a brat, or unreasonable.
My daughter has her first app. Nov.19,2009. I am so looking forward to getting started on my daughters SPD so she can live a normal life, and deal with having SPD. I am sure parents dealing with SPD children know exactly what I am talking about... People out in public would stare at me like why are you letting your daughter wear flip flops in 20 degree weather. Boy... if they only knew.
I am so thankful for this site to help us understand... what SPD is and sharing stories...
Good luck to all the moms & dads,and children dealing with SPD.