My 5 yr old son has recently got a diagnosis of SPD and his behaviour is making a BIT more sense although I feel completely overwhelmed and emotional at times I can only imagine what he feels!
It started as soon as he was born. He would scream if he wasn't held constantly and held tight! As he was my first I didn't question it and spent the first 6 months sitting up with him held tightly against my chest. We then went from that to him sleeping in my bed in my arms ( He's still doing it now at 5!)
He was always hitting out at as a baby then as a toddler and still as a pre schooler although now it has become apparent he is unaware that he is even touching anyone else.
At about 2 1/2 he started only wearing one pair of spiderman pj's I had to peel them off when he was asleep just to wash them and sneak them back on before he was awake or world war 3 would break out! Then he would scream if he wasn't wearing gloves and a pair of goggles. He eventually " got over" this but now in 40 degree heat he will only wear jeans and a zip up jacket and in winter he will only wear shorts! I'm slowly working through this!
He started eating non food items such as sand, rocks, glue, play doh, textures etc. He now chews on gum all day and this has now stopped!
He has "wobbly" legs where some days he can't walk 5 steps without falling over and becomes hyper active and it seems as if he can't hear anyone or anything around him. He is always walking into other people and objects and can at times be uncontrollable. This is especially hard when he is trying to make friends and is told he is "annoying" or "stupid" and then asks me why he has "wobbly" legs. What do I say I don't know why and it breaks my heart.
He is extremely smart and is completely aware that he is different from his peers at school. We have recently started OT and he now wears a weighted vest and does his heavy movement "exercises" throughout the day. He uses a weighted pen sleeve for writing and it has improved his writing although he is still way behind his class mates and some days refuses to do any writing as he is embarrassed. If this sounds familiar please write to me I need all the help I can get!