Are these signs of sensory issues?
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|Wed, 12-29-2004 - 3:03pm|
Hi! I was referred to this group by someone on the hypotonia message board. She read a post that I left there about some concerns I have about my daughter. She thought maybe someone on this board could address my concerns. My dd, Lily, is 27 months old. She has hypotonia, dev. delay, no deep tendon reflexes, a hair shaft defect, and no dx. Anyway, my newest concern with her is that she may have some sensory issues. She has never liked to be cuddled (unless she is sick) and seems to have this idea that she needs a certain amount of "personl space" around her. If she scoots up to someone else, then it's okay to pick her up, but sometimes when she is approached by others, she gets fussy and pushes away. She only gives kisses every few months and has only hugged us (her parents) two times. She gets very excited and happy when she sees us, but she just isn't a lovey-dovey kinda girl. She has always been obsessed with lights. She points them out constantly and says "ligh". Anyway, at first it was cute because she only says a few words that anyone can understand. Now she is becoming overly concerned with burned out light-bulbs. She points them out and then says "uh-oh"--which again, was cute--for a while. Sometimes she even cries until I put in a new bulb. From what I have noticed, this usually occurs when she is already upset or tired. She only seems to do this around me. When I take off her shoes to change her diaper, she cries until I take off her socks too. She also fusses at me until I put on my seat belt. I always wear a seat belt, but if I don't put it on as soon as I sit down, she gets upset. The other day, I left out an outfit of hers that she had only worn for about an hour the day before. I decided to only use the shirt and put a pair of jeans on her instead of the pants that go with the shirt. Well, she saw the pants and began to cry like she was in pain. It took me a little bit to see what she was upset about. I put the pants on her and then she was fine. The first thing she says when she wakes up in the morning is "yuck-yuck" and begins to pretend to clean her stuffed animal snail that she sleeps with. This began after she vomited on the snail a few weeks ago and I had to wash it. She crumples up paper almost as soon as it is handed to her. She throws everything. Sometimes it seems like she throws just for the fun of it. Other times she throws things as soon as she is done eating or playing with a particular toy. She also pinches her own face sometimes when I scold her for throwing or pinching others. I tried swatting her hand a couple of times, but it back-fired on me. Now when I tell her "no", she sometimes will laugh and swat her own hand. When her older sister is around, she seems to get a thrill out of pinching or hitting her. I know she can feel pain, but it's like she doesn't feel it as strongly as others. She used to have really strong food aversions, due to reflux that is now under control. It took a long time to get her to try new textures of food. Sometimes she picks the meat out of her stew, other times she eats it. She can tolerate rice occasionally, but not always. Sorry this is so, so long. Could these things be sensory issues or is it just a two yr. old who can't walk and barely can talk, trying to control her world the only way she knows how? Do I give in to the crying (as in the light-bulb incident), or do I just let her cry it out? I think she does some of these things more often with me than other people. She points out lights to everyone and says "uh-oh" if they are burned out, but she doesn't cry about it; except around me. I am so confused and would love some advice. Thanks.
Amy, mom to Lily (2 yrs.) and Natalie (8 yrs)