Eating Habits/Getting a Diagnosis
(Oakland, Ca. U.S.)
Hi: I am the parent of a 6 year-old boy who I believe has SPD. He was a 34 week preemie, and was delivered by emergency c-section. I know that children with SPD are picky eaters, and that it has to do with texture but my son will eat (if I let him), lotion, vaseline, deodorant, and bug repellent etc.
Why isn't he able to recognize that these things don't taste good? No one has been able to tell me why he enjoys eating these things. Also, the other concern I have is that he was diagnosed with an impaction (encopresis)in July 2007, and has been taking a laxative ever since. I know the impaction is due to his diet of dairy which seems to be the only thing he really likes.
He won't eat any type of vegetable, or fruit. I've tried hiding vegetables in food, but he always finds them and questions it (he looks at and smells everything it seems like for ever, before he eats it.
Do you have any suggestions on diet for SPD children, because I feel that even though he is taking the laxative for the impaction, as long as his diet is mainly dairy, the problem will always be there.
Another concern I have is getting a diagnosis. My son is in kindergarten, and I've been homeschooling him through the school district. My school district has told me that they do not recognize SPD, and I was told that they would not test him for SPD, but for academics. I'm already aware that my son has no problems academically, he is very smart.
I feel that if I put my son in a regular class (which is what the school district wants me to do) it wouldn't be fair to him, the teacher, or the other children and if I put him in a Special Education Class (which is another alternative the school district is giving me, it won't be challenging enough for him. I want my son to be around other children his age, but I also want his needs met.I don't want him to have to struggle.
What do I do when the school district doesn't recognize SPD?