Could it be more than SPD?

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Registered: 06-21-2008
Could it be more than SPD?
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Wed, 03-31-2010 - 11:49pm

I have a little boy who is three. He has already been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, but I've always thought there was something more. Autism was ruled out, since he makes eye contact, and is verbal.


His Sensory System is out of whack but since he has already been diagnosed with SPD, not really a big surprise.


Some other issues he has are I'm not sure if its a lack of empathy because every now and then he does but other times none, Example-He threw a metal train at his cousins head to get her attention and busted her head, He didn't understand what he did wrong and when I tried to sit him down and explain his only response was Mommy you have eyelashes.


He is a pretty active kid, I don't think ADHD really fits him though, because I can get him to sit and pay attention(its hard but it can be done)..


He has starting reading all on his own, one day my sister wrote his and his cousins name on a white board and he said both without being asked, and then he read mommy and his aunts name. So I started doing a reading lesson with him and he catches on very quickly. but he does get very easily frusterated.


He wanders during the night, and have noticed he seems to go for water alot when he does. Have found him washing dishes, taking a bath etc.


He isn't withdrawn, he is a pretty social guy sometimes its scary, he will attach himself to anyone.

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Registered: 06-25-2003
Thu, 04-01-2010 - 12:06am

Hello and welcome!

Well, I'm a stranger on the Internet, so please take anything I say with a few shakers of salt.

Your son sounds like mine at that age in many ways. I was also told
"he can't have autism because he makes eye contact"; and "he can't be autistic because he seeks out other kids" Both of these statements were WRONG! My son was finally diagnosed at 5½. He is almost 12 now.

My son was that little documented breed: the extrovert autistic. He made eye contact (with people he liked/was interested in). He was interested in other kids. OK: He went about *initiating* contact in completely the wrong way: His preferred method was to charge up to a kid and body-slam them (that meant "Hi! let's play"). This led to some interesting playground conversations with other parents.

Now, of course your son may not be on the spectrum; only a competent expert with extensive ASD experience will be able to tell you for sure. But your descriptions raised quite a few red flag with me: Not just the parallels with my son, but the problems with change, the precocious reading, the OCD-type "stuff" and the sensory issues combined do make me think you should explore this further.

In the meantime please feel free to hang out with us and vent, cry or ask as many questions as you need.

-Paula

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-Paula

visit my blog at www.onesickmother.com
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Registered: 02-28-2008
Thu, 04-01-2010 - 11:37am

Welcome to the board!

My oldest also started out with just a SPD dx. He wasn't dx with Aspergers until he was 7. The good news is that your son isn't classically autistic, but with the high functioning kids it's difficult to dx them at an early age. It's just the way it is until we come up with better testing and more professionals gain more experience.

The dx doesn't matter that much in most cases. You just need to address the needs that show up. Social stories, consistant teaching, OT to address the sensory needs, maybe some play therapy with a social worker will go a long way to getting your son where he needs to go.

Your son is at the age where you can approach the school district to see if they will provide some services to address his social needs, ie a preschool setting. He may not qualify but it doesn't hurt to ask.

In the meantime, hang out here, ask questions, vent, share and generally make yourself at home. We're not hung up on dx here.

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 04-02-2010 - 11:41pm

Hi and welcome.

                                

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Registered: 04-28-2007
Sat, 04-03-2010 - 12:38am

Hi,

and again stranger on internet, but your son sounds ver batum my son at the same age. SPD dx at age 3; me trying to get professionals to listen to me about other stuff. In the end he received an ASD dx at age 6.

He also made/makes eye contact (although fleetingly if you really pay attention). He is super social but has no clue about when he's too much (he liked head butting chests and torsos for many years).

He also talked "fine" meaning at age appropriate times, but in hindsight it was all echoing and repetition.

An eval may be an idea, know though we were told several times "couldn't be ASD" my many doctors, until we met out angel in August '06.

Hang in there kiddo; no matter what you are proactive and tuned into your boy:))))

Dee