Jumping and impulsive

by Veronica

My son is 8 and has SPD. It doesn't lead to any problems in school, but he jumps, flaps his hands and runs a lot. I'm afraid that this is going to lead to bullying problems since his behavior will seem odd at times.

Also, he immediately will respond to things without thinking of before he speaks, sometimes also yelling his comment and getting to close to the person.

He is a good kid and so compassionate, but kids being kids, can be mean.

Any advice?

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Apr 06, 2019
Agree. Another assessment needed?
by: Anonymous

I agree , you may need to get further testing. What stands out is very common behaviors of Autism spectrum disorder. Please don't delay since early intervention is paramount to his future prognosis. My daughter was misdiagnosed or not properly diagnosed and was being treated for PTSD ADHD SPD and although she had those she also had Autism.

We were finally given the proper diagnosis and treatment at age 12. The early years were missed and she suffers today in her abilities and most treatments are geared toward much younger.

So frustrated but when we got her diagnosis in the beginning I was just excited to have an answer. Never imagined it was autism. People began pointing out how similar her symptoms were such as arm flapping, running off, not sleeping, melt downs, lack of eye contact. Some could be one or another but some were clearly not in the diagnosis we were first given.

After 10 yrs on intense treatment she made little progress. Her therapist suggested I have her re evaluated and it our local Regional Center. They found she clearly was autistic and after 3 yrs of treatment she is a different kid. Imagine if her treatment began 13 yrs ago! So remain positive.

Also SPD is often coupled with ASD. Wish you a speedy process and speedy treatment for whatever your son is dealing with.

My hats off to parents like myself who give our life finding the best of everything to insure a bright future.

Apr 07, 2018
Is SPD his only diagnosis?
by: Mary C

Not knowing your child but simply reading your notes, is it possible that your son has more diagnoses than just SPD? Has he ever been tested for ADHD or Autism? My 11 year old is so high functioning that docs took awhile... he was diagnosed first with ADHD when 6, but then SPD at 8 and autism at 11. Your description says more.

Take my message with a grain of salt though as only you know him or can find the right help.

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