Is it to late for my eight year old?
I have two sons (6 and 8). My 6 year old has been in therapy for Auditory Processing Disorder and will be starting OT for SPD. But I think my oldest child needs to be also. He has had issues since a baby (mainly social, tactile and oral). Since he has been in school we've been thinking his extreme anxiety is due to the social aspect of life.
He was a very sleepy and compliant baby, but didn't eat alot. Extremely frightened of crowds and groups of people especially other children. I remember the screaming and crying when nail clipping time came and when the bath water was too hot or too cold. But the main thing that has been such an issue for us as a family is the emotional upheaval. At age 3 the rages started up over nothing and would last for hours, the only thing to calm the meltdowns would be strapping him in his car seat and driving. Once they were over he was back to his loving self - It was definitely a Jekyl and Hyde scenario. He had feeding therapy at the age of 4 but the mood swings continued. One minute he was fine then a full blown rage ensued for hours. Since the age of 4/5 his moods have been getting better, but the anxiety is off the top. School has been a nightmare, so first grade he started seeing a counselor for social anxiety. We have seen a couple counselors, but I'm not feeling we've got to the root cause. The counselor isn't saying for sure, but it seems she is looking at the possibility of bi-polar.
After reading alot of the comments others have written and looking over the checklist, I'm thinking the root cause is all due to sensory. If the sensory were addressed I feel my sons social problems would become significantly less. Have I made a mess of things and is it to late to turn back the clock? Any insight would be so appreciated.