Our son is now 7 yrs old and in 1st grade. He is an intelligent, fun, loving and warm boy. He does have some of these symptoms but I don't know waht to make of it.(1) He has always had an extreme sensitivity to clothes: especially socks, pants, tags on shirts, rough feeling clothes. cuffed pants or pajamas. It never became a issue because once we recognized this was real we worked with it.
Once he was able to be more verbal at age 3 we were able to help him with it. We got him seamless socks, soft pants (sweats of a certain brand), soft & only cotton shirts with no heavy stitching...e.t.c. Till this day he needs to wear clothes we these specific characteristics. (2)He has always had certain foods he will eat and certain ones he will not. (3)He will lay still to go to sleep but will often take a very long time to do so and will often wake up in the middle of the night. (4)He is normally ok with noise but there are days when he asks for the music to be turned off in the car, for no one to speak or sing in the car because it is too loud and gives him a head ache. (5)He can be fidgety i.e. at the dinner table or when downloading creative ideas to me. (6) He takes a long time before he will include himself with his peers, especially when new to the group. He will be more of an observer for weeks or even months before he feels he is part of that group.
We/our son do not have major issues with these I believe mainly because he has always communicated to us and we have always tried to work with him on resolving them.
With all that in mind this is the first I have heard of Textile Defensiveness or SPD...a few days ago when shopping for new dressy shoes for our children to wear to Easter Mass, I mentioned to the lady helping us out that we needed soft, comfortable and roomy shoes for our son (if possible)because he has sensitive feet. To make a long story short this very helpful woman seemed to recognize his sensitivity and as our conversation grew she mentioned to look into Tactile Defensiveness, she herself had gone through this as a child. So here I am looking into this because it does resonate with me but after looking at this huge list of symptoms, our son only has a few in comparison. Unless there is more and we just haven't noticed.
Anyway, is this enough to raise concern? Should we be looking to consult an OT? Are these symptoms enough of an issue to be causing him issues through out his life?