Got our DX today Classic SPD for Garret

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Got our DX today Classic SPD for Garret
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Mon, 06-06-2011 - 3:06pm

Saw an OT today and finally got our diagnosis for Garret. As I suspected he has Sensory Processing Disorder SPD, she threw out a few other big words, I can't remember. He is visually defensive and has space issues, where he has a hard time figuring out where his body is in space. He has a lot of avoidance issues

He flat out refused to do some of the things she asked, as he did not feel comfortable, and put up his safety wall, so he scored very low.

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Mon, 06-06-2011 - 4:44pm
Although it's hard to get the diagnosis, at least you can start to work on it. I really hope that you see lots of improvement with him soon. When do the sessions start?

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Mon, 06-06-2011 - 5:42pm
They are going to call tomorrow to start. I was glad to hear the dx, as I had been researching and after reading through checklists of symptoms, I said yes, that's my quirky Garret. Now I know it is something we can work on in time to make his world a bit more comfortable and help him fit in better with his peers. They also said they work with our school district and will keep them informed so he does not fall through any cracks. She did say, we need to get working on this, as she is afraid he may shut down once he get's into Kindergarten in about 3 months. it may just be too much for him to handle. I know our school has experience with SPD kids, so that helps as they understand these kids.
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Tue, 06-07-2011 - 9:30am
I'm glad that your school has experience with it, that can be a major hurdle if they don't. It sounds like you found a great OT :)

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Tue, 06-07-2011 - 10:38pm
I hope so. I saw a post from 2 years back about a new facility in PA. I live in PA, and it is so hard to find any OT's or help if your child is between the age of 3 and 5 or 6. There are big gaps. I could find EI but they would only take him up the the age of 3. I of course did not put the pieces together by that age, to get him EI help. He didn't start school, so he does not fit that catagory. Through that poster, I did find there is another facility very close to me that works with special kids. I was so lost trying to find someone to help us with G. He's not "that bad" but he has is starting to put up walls, and simply refuses to attempt anything he is not comfortable with. That refusal is why he only scored an 11 on his evaluation. She could see he was tring to work things out in his head, thinking, if I do what she asks, this will happen.....nope not gonna do it.

I saw a post about team sports. Garret plays soccer on our little league. I got VERY lucky with our coach, he lets G stay in the game even when he is just running around playing cars or trains by himself. The OT said Soccer gives him a safe way to interact with his peers, on a level that when he is uncomfortable, he can just walk away. Coach and the other parents all know about, and accept G's little quirks and praise him when he manages to kick the ball.