Caroline age 6 1/2yrs was officially diagnosed with SPD at the age of almost 6. We had suspicions of SPD since the age of 3. She did have red flags of SPD as early as 8mos of age. We would make mention of things when in for our well baby visits and I would be told that she was just a very active toddler. At the age of 8mos was our 1st sign of SPD looking back. She would hyperventilate if the vacuum was run in the house or someone would ring the door bell. She never cared for baby food and at the age of 10mos she was on full table food after not having success with purees. Again I was told that not all kids take to baby food. She is definitely a texture eater still to this day. She loves raw veggies but, will not touch a cooked veggie. She was a child that never ate French fries or Hamburgers until she was 4 yrs old. She opted for Garden Salad with no dressing over a kid’s meal. She was and still is in constant motion. I would meet my husband at the door many nights just to hand her off so I could find a quite place to regroup. Knowing what I know now I would have done many things differently with her. It was when she started preschool I had the 1st clues that this was not the behavior of an active preschooler rather there was something going on. Within the 1st week of preschool I was dealing with notes home and the director of the school telling me that she was not doing what the others were doing. It was a long stressful year. Circle time was one of our more challenging areas. She also preferred independent play vs. playing with the other kids. It was then I found the Out of Sync Child Book at the book store. I had gone looking for a book that the teacher has suggested. I looked at the Sensory checklist and instantly knew this is what Caroline had. Everything with her made sense. It was like someone was living my life and knew exactly what I was dealing with.
Caroline is a very bright, happy, loving kid. This has benefited her but, also hurt her in school. She was seen by Child Find in preschool and we were told she was performing at or above grade level so they could not provide services. SO I decided that I would learn all I could about SPD and work with her myself. With their help I was able to come up with a Sensory Diet here at home and at school that made it better not perfect but, better. Last year we were able to get a 504 plan in place for her and while it is not always easy it does help. She now goes to private therapy once a week. I see an improvement in her already. While this will never go away and there is no magic pill to make it better. I feel that I am better equipped to handle things with her. I also know she will learn coping skills that will help her in life. Nothing will ever be easy but, together we work to find a good routine for her.
Her sister Emma 19mos is showing some signs not the same ones that Caroline had so we are watching her closer. She has had the OT from Infants and Toddlers work with her to train her to eat solids. She is very picky eater and we just learned she has trouble processing information. She will receive services 2x a month to help her with her processing skills and speech.