oraly fixated????

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oraly fixated????
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Mon, 07-18-2011 - 12:45pm

anyone elses ADHD kiddo ALWAYS have something in there mouth. This has been an issue since he was young. Been given different explanations to bad parenting to hang ups over feeding issues as a baby then in first grade he chewed pencils in class by chewed I mean litterly ate them. The OT said it was a sign of self focusing so now given the ADHD official diagnosis wondering if it could have been the case all along.

Now we do correct the behavior when we see it. Last summer DH coworker lost a son by choking on a toy and DH REALLY cracked down, now when we catch him we use the straw method they do in school but looking for ways to get him OUT of the habbit because his little brother sees it and mimics EVERYTHING he does and its not just toys its clothing its pillows its blankets and I have run out of options and its driving us crazy

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Mon, 08-15-2011 - 3:01pm

This website has different items for oral motor development.

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Tue, 08-02-2011 - 11:31am
Wow, you kid sure has had a lot of stuff going on! My son was constantly putting things in his mouth, even up to 1st and 2nd grade. What worked for him was vision therapy that we had him do because of his signs of dyslexia. I never expected the side benefits of the vision therapy - now that he doesn't need to move to see things, most of his sensory seeking issues have gone away. (Sensory seeking issues were: things in the mouth, needing crunchy food like apples constantly, swinging and twirling.) He is so different now, that should we want medications for the impulse control that he still has with the ADHD, our family doctor said we should have him re-evaluated. Our initial evaluation and ADHD diagnosis was right before he started vision therapy. (By a doctor who does not "believe" in vision therapy - but my son could not get his eyes to focus on the same thing, it really was a medical issue.)

My theory is that because one sense was out of whack, that he over compensated with other senses. Vision therapy is probably not what your son needs, but considering the things going on in his mouth...may have a lot to do with it, and NOTHING at all to do with bad parenting! But, if you have signs that maybe vision has an issue, it can't hurt to get it checked out. My son had normal eyesight, it was a vision convergence issue.
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Tue, 07-26-2011 - 10:10am

Wow, you really have a challenge!

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Mon, 07-25-2011 - 6:37am

he can't chew gum because of dental issues. he needed teeth pulled and he has space mantanors and then as we get closer to his surgery he will need various dental appliances to get the mouth ready and then braces so gum has been banned from our house which worked well until baseball this year.

His IEP has straws in it. When he or his teacher catches him chumping on a pencil he is to get a straw. We have had it in place since 1st grade. He hadn't lost any teeth yet and this surgery is very tied to when the adult teeth come in so it was the farthest thing from my mind when we met with school on this issue and now i see it a temporay fix we need to work him off the crutch before then. They will put arm restraints on him but at 4 months he had them could get out of them, at 9 months he had them again and figured out how to get a toy in him mouth by lowering himself over it and at 6 I laughed at them but thinking its going to come down to you can be sore and restrained or you can keep things out of your mouth and we remove the restraints..

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Sun, 07-24-2011 - 11:37pm

Could ds get it written into his 504 or IEP to be allowed chewing gum?

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Thu, 07-21-2011 - 12:25pm

we are a good year or more away most likely but worried because I thought it was eons away. Its on his gums and he was a late teether and a late tooth losser BUT the new teeth are coming in FASTER so now I am thinking its closer then I originally planned. We go in Novemeber for our yearly (put it off while dealing with the ADHD stuff especially since he wasn't loosing teeth but still figuring it will be in more then a year so plenty of time to break the habit I'd hope...

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Tue, 07-19-2011 - 4:46pm
That's a tough one, Heidi. The only thing I can think of is to give him a stress ball or something of that nature that he can use his fingers on. I really hope that you can find a solution to it. How soon is his surgery?

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Mon, 07-18-2011 - 6:15pm

bad parenting was from the preschool wasn't spoken but inferred...had other issues with that preschool. The feeding issues was from the developmental pedi he saw at 3. He had cleft lip and palate at birth and had 3 surgeries before 1 the school pyschologist does see that as a possible part of it. The preschool saw it as a habit he develope from being bottle and the sippy cup dependant for too long. The more pyschological explanation is because so much focus on his feeding for the first year of his life and so much medical attention to his mouth drew him to that area. But same people probably believe listen to rock music make you want to kill someone and rap videos make you have sex so I don't THAT much into it just we are turning 8 next week and will be gearing up for next stage in his cleft repair which is his ortho and if I am spending THOUSANDS on ortho he is NOT ruining by having toys in his mouth!!! plus he needs a bone graft on his front gums so if he puts ANYTHING in mouth post opp the surgery can fail.

Now that i twirl my hair when concentrating so I get the focusing just wondering if I can transition it from chewing to something else

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Mon, 07-18-2011 - 3:38pm

OMG - who told you bad parenting with feeding issues as a baby.

Hell, my son almost 24 still chews on stuff - its just

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