Sensory needs and ADHD?
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|Mon, 05-11-2009 - 3:09pm|
Hi all. I have a 7 year old son who has speech issues, fine and gross motor delays and sensory issues. He gets speech therapy, and OT through the school. His sensory issues include need for firm touch (hugs) and lots of large motor movement, swinging and spinning. The things that the OT taught us, large motor and swinging and spinning, have helped a lot with with his ability to focus and concentrate on a task,...yet, I wonder if more help is needed. We school at home, so I know exactly how long he can and cannot concentrate and we work around it, taking breaks when needed. His attention span is probably about a year or a little more behind his actual age/grade level of 1st grade.
Any one else have a child with sensory issues that cause distraction and need for movement? Did you go completely with what an OT said, or are you doing meds too? Do the meds help with sensory issues, or do they just mask them so that they come out worse when the meds are wearing thin? I want him to feel good about himself and am afraid that as demands of school increase that he will feel that he is not able to do the work. (Of course, as his teacher, I do modify to meet his needs as much as possible.) On the other hand, I have seen him outgrow some things and his ability to focus and concentrate and follow directions has improved as he has gotten older.
Thanks for any input on your experiences.