Help convincing parents their son has SPD!
(San Antonio, TX)
I am a home daycare provider and my son has a few sensory issues and speech delay. Both of my son's speech therapists have made comments about the 3 year old boy I watch. Then the day my son had his first OT evaluation, I was getting a bottle ready for one of the other babies & the OT sat down with the 3 year old boy - not my son. She was very surprised when I told her that he was not my son. She said that he had definite sensory issues and needed to be evaluated. That brings the total to 3 trained specialists that have seen symptoms in this child.
The problem is that the parents are completely in denial. When I first brought up the subject, the mom seemed like she wanted to help her son, but the dad was totally defensive and now they say that doctors are too quick to diagnose Autism and they are just going to watch him for now. This child is speech delayed, walks on his toes (curled over like a ballerina), won't walk on grass with bare feet, is constantly crashing into the couch, hand flaps and licks the textured walls! The worst part is that he's now inciting the younger kids I care for to try to stand on their head (causing them to fall into the entertainment center & hurt themselves) and to run in circles screaming for no reason. I'm exhausted and frustrated, but most of all sad that this child is not getting the help he needs.
So I guess my official question is - what did it take for you (as parents) to finally see that there was a problem and to seek help? His 3 year well checkup is coming soon. A friend suggested that I call the doctor myself and give them a heads up in case they do the usual 15 minute walk in and out and don't see any of the symptoms. What can I do????