Does my child have this?

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Registered: 08-11-2005
Does my child have this?
Sat, 12-05-2009 - 10:27am

I have 2-year-old twins, born 10 weeks premature and in the NICU for 2 months. There were times when we weren't even allowed to touch them. They have had no major health issues, but one of them (Connor) seems to have sensory issues. He was a little delayed in gross motor skills (sitting at 11 months, walking at 18 months) and needed PT. He has always been very "extended", arching his back instead of relaxing when we pick him up. He does love to be held at times, and will go to anyone for a hug. He also gets "spaced out", where he doesn't seem to hear us call his name or try to get his attention.

My main concerns though are with the emotional problems and tantrums. He throws major tantrums where he bangs his head on the floor, several times a day.

Other symptoms--he is somewhat of a daredevil, always climbing on high places, doing head-stands and somersaults, climbing on the couch and intentionally sliding off on his head, jumping up and landing on his bottom, running into people as hard as he can, hitting people as hard as he can, slamming his body into people without seeming to realize it, screaming at the top of his lungs just for fun, and on-the-go constantly, has trouble taking naps, etc.

I don't know how much of this is regular toddler stuff and how much is sensory integration or maybe ADHD stuff (I am getting tested for that right now and I think DH has it too).

What do they do to diagnose SID? I think I will call the early intervention specialists who did his PT and see if they will come do an eval. What do you all think?

Carrie, proud wife to Jeff, SM to Aaron (13), and mom to Connor and Aidan


Carrie, proud wife to Jeff, SM to Aaron (13), and mom to Connor and Aidan