Ever heard a phrase similar to that? Ever get down right mad when it was during your child's IEP or 504plan meeting? Ever have your child's SPD symptoms completely dismissed even though you have an official diagnosis from one of the top Children's Hospitals in the country?
We have heard this. Not just from his current school. Other places too.
Benji is tactile defensive, oral defensive, visual and auditory defensive while also being deep pressure seeking. He is able to function because we work with him and he has had therapy for most of his life. Yet, there are still issues.
- He will fall out of his seat for the deep pressure
- He will fall to the ground.
- He does chew on things
- He will refuse to eat something because of how it looks or feels
- He can not focus in a room that is loud and busy
- He has a difficult time going to stores, malls, or public play areas
There are ways to treat Benji's sensory issues.
- a sling swing
- BIG hugs
- jumping on the mini trampoline
- carrying a heavy ball up and down the hall
- simple exercises (jumping jacks, sit-ups w/ exercise ball, touching toes)
- playing in dry beans
- painting with shaving cream
- nice warm epsom salt bath (15-20 minutes)
- soft long sleeve shirts w/o tags
- allowing his silky (piece of satin fabric like a security blanket)
- He starts getting clingy or appearing tired
- Sucks his thumb, twirls hair
- Starts rocking if sitting
- Gets whiny (at this point the environment HAS to change)
So PLEASE, PLEASE, remember, Sensory Processing Disorder is REAL!