Could This Be SID?

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Could This Be SID?
Tue, 08-26-2003 - 3:55pm
First off, I'm not looking for a diagnosis, but am wondering if these behaviors seem familiar to you parents of children with SID?

My name is Lynne and I have a 3.5 yo ds. He was absolutely the best baby until he started walking and he's been a terror ever since. My biggest problem with him is that he has a complete meltdown whenever we have to leave someplace. Makes me tend to stay at home because it is so hard. I end up having to carry him out and he is a chunk. He is usually kicking and screaming all the way out and its made more difficult by now having my other ds who is 1. He will also run away and make me chase him whenever it is time to leave someplace. For a couple of years now we have had real problems with his biting. It has been better lately, but it still crops up every now and then. If he's not biting, he tends to be chewing something...his fingers, pencils, toys, shirt collar. He has always seemed clumsy...falls down a lot. My babysitter picked up on this after he started walking. Thought maybe he had a problem w/ his feet. Dr. checked it out and no problem there. He absolutely loves to swing. His favorite thing to do. He also would play "dizzy" when he was younger where he would spin around. He has great hearing. He hears airplanes and can point them out in the sky before anyone else. Seems like there are more things, but I can't think of them right now.

A lot of my struggles with him also revolve around the fact that his speech development has seemed a lot slower than other children his age, although my Dr. assures me that it is normal.

He has been going to a Montessori preschool since May two mornings a week. That will increase to 3 mornings a week next week. His teacher told me a couple of weeks ago that she had put in a request to have him evaluated. She thought there was something wrong, but couldn't say what it was. She has worked with 3 year olds for 17 years and couldn't articulate what she felt the problem was. Since then, I have talked with her some more and she said she is really struggling with this. One minute, she thinks there is nothing wrong and then later, she'll feel that something is. I feel the same way. THere are just some days or weeks that are bad, and then everything will go smooth sailing for awhile. She said at first she thought he was mildly autistic, but she doesn't think that's it. Also, the school had an evening of drama and dance a week ago and my child was the only one who required a teacher standing next to him, holding his hand so he wouldn't run off.

He is a wonderful child. Gets along well with everyone. Hasn't met a person who he doesn't think likes him. He is very compassionate and will always try to make others feel better. And, he's a blinger. Doesn't mind, etc.

Anyway, I've struggled with worrying about this for at least a year now. Am glad we are going to get some testing done in the next month, but just wanted to see what other people with experience with SID might think. Its been kind of hard because dh and other family members just think he is an extremely high energy child.

Thanks and sorry this is so long.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Fri, 09-05-2003 - 8:44am
Welcome to the Sensory Integration Board!

DSI has so many symptoms and it mimics so many other things...

The best thing to do is get an evaluation by an OT that is DSI specilaized...Then you can go about creating a sesnsory diet that will help alot of these behaviors...Also if going out is a problem try to go when it is quiet( I usually go to Wal-Mart in the early morning as the stimulation and people are at a minimum...

Also get the book "the out of sync child" by Carol explains so much and in terma everyone can understand...


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Registered: 04-18-2003
Wed, 08-27-2003 - 1:38pm

I just came to this site for the very first time. Your post is the very first one I have read. Your son sounds allot like mine. My ds will be 3 in about 2 mo.

He now has a speech therapist and a developmental therapist that each come to the house once a week to work with him. The developmental therapist seems very perplexed by him and is sending us to a specialist. She also mentioned SI to us yesterday and brought us a book. Either my son has VERY strong case ADHD (DH & DD do as well) or something else.

The therapist also mentioned autism but he’s so outgoing that is doesn’t really seem to fit.

I cannot take my ds out in the community often or for long because he takes off, doesn’t mind and is VERY physical and very intense. He used to look at me with love and would choke me! Like he didn't know what to do with his feelings. He grits his teeth and kicks?

Wants to jump on you and roll and wrestle and hit and climb...all the time. He is VERY destructive. Also..kinda strange, he drools allot.

I am at a complete loss.

Just wanted you to know you are not alone.

Good luck with you ds.