My son wants everything as tight as possible.
(Richmond Hill, Ga.)
My son is six years old and was diagnosed with SPD and OCD when he was four. His issue seems different than the one's I have read and researched about. He likes things as tight as possible. When he began school, he was supposed to wear a belt. Well, he was wearing the belt so tight that he was making his waist raw and scabbed. This went on for a couple of months and I just couldn't let him continue to hurt himself even though this is what his body wanted him to do. So, I spoke with the principal of his school and he no longer has to wear a belt to school...ever. It became part of his permanent file.
That problem was solved except, the pants that he wears have adjustable waist bands. This became the same problem when he figured out how to adjust them to the number 9 hole on each side. He would hold his breath and tighten them accordingly. This went on for some time until once again, I decided to do away with this kind of pant. Now, we use pull on pants..no belts needed and no adjustable straps. I have had to alter the waist with a stitch or two because sizes and brands vary so much.
The other issue is his shoes. He wants me to tie them as tight as I can. He actually wants the eyes of the shoes touching each other. I have tried velcro and it is the same way. He still is unable to tie his own shoes. He wants to learn it he doesn't think he will be able to tie them tight enough.
The last issue is ..when he is seated at a chair at the table, he holds his breath and wants you to push him in until it is tight on his stomach. If it happens not to feel tight enough, he will remove himself from the chair ,push the chair aside, and stand to eat. This is not a problem at school because the school lunch benches are stationary. If there is anyone out there who has had to deal with this type of sensory disorder,please help. I am in tears over this. I just don't know what else to do.