Getting OT for sensory issues? (long)

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Registered: 06-04-2005
Getting OT for sensory issues? (long)
Thu, 07-03-2008 - 12:01pm

Hi everyone! I don't think I've ever posted on this board before, so let me introduce myself. My name is Christine, I have 2 children - Alena (4), and Nick (2 1/2). Nick is apraxic, and we think he has some minor sensory issues as well. This is a copy of the message I posted on the speech board, but I don't know how much speech and sensory tie into each other, so I'm posting it here, too.

I'm very confused about where my son stands with sensory issues. My SIL (behavioral therapist) has spotted some, but when I asked EI to evaluate him, they told me he was within normal ranges. I'm debating whether I should just chalk him up to being quirky, or get an OT assessment done privately. Even if I get OT, I don't know how they can help him... Here's are some of his issues:

Fights to have his teeth brushed (and I mean pinning him down). Doesn't matter if it's a regular or battery operated brush.

Won't take any medicine squirted into his mouth - it has to be chewable or hidden in milk.

Will NOT eat chopmeat of any kind - no burgers, meatballs, etc. He also won't eat ice cream.

Rubs a towel for comfort or to fall asleep at night. If you don't get it away first thing in the morning, he'll carry it around all morning.

He used to be obsessed about wearing hats (even to bed), but he's a lot better about it now.

Always needs a comfort object to leave the house with. Usually a favorite toy, but in a pinch, he'll grab anything available. (Once it was a spice container from the counter).

Very picky about having clean hands. (he doesn't mind them dirty while eating, but when he's done, they need to be washed right away).

Shoes - if you don't take off his shoes as soon as you get inside, he usually tantrums when you do take them off (unless he's distracted with something worthwhile).

Has anyone seen any of these issues before? I really don't know whether or not they're just quirks. As far as taking something out of the house, it's usually a favorite toy - so I don't know if it's because he wants it or 'needs' it. The spice jar leads me to believe it's a need, though. He used to cycle through a few favorite toys, and any one of them would have to travel with him. I'm thinking about getting a private eval, but the EI eval makes me hesitate. What if they don't find anything wrong? Worse - what if they do find something wrong? How could they help? Outside of the mouth issues, these aren't your typical "hates sand and won't touch grass" kind of sensory issues.

Thanks for anyone who can advise!


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 07-04-2008 - 12:03am

Sounds a lot like my son.