Help - new here with sleeping issues

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Registered: 01-26-2004
Help - new here with sleeping issues
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Mon, 02-25-2008 - 11:39am
I just found this board and was so thrilled. I have a 2yo dd who has yet to be diagnosed. She sees a dev ped on the 7th of April. Currently she is receiving ST, OT, and PT once per week each and attends a toddler group for ST twice a week with peers her age. All of this is through EI. I believe she will be diagnosed with some sort of sensory processing disorder as does her OT. My question is this, nighttimes are becoming more and more difficult. She is still nursing (she has eating/motor issues as well). We have finally been able to get her to fall asleep without nursing at night, I just lay in bed with her. This is a HUGE step for me. The problem is that she requires my arm to be under her (to rest her head on) and the other arm wrapped around her. I cannot get out from under her without waking her and my arm is so sore that I was finally diagnosed with tendonitis. Ughh. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have tried pillows, blankets, stuffed animals and all kinds of things. Also, I refuse to just let her cry like some have suggested to me. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. BTW, when she was evaluated (most recent), her OT is where she needs the most work and where is is the farthest behind. ) Thanks.
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Registered: 04-19-2006
Mon, 02-25-2008 - 12:16pm
First thing is I am curious how old she is. I have a 15 month old that was diagnosed at 9 months so I'm just trying to figure out where she is age wise so I can give you a good idea of what to try. BTW welcome to the board I am Steph I have three children with SPD plus myself.
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Registered: 01-26-2004
Mon, 02-25-2008 - 4:23pm
She was 2 at the end of November.
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Registered: 04-19-2006
Mon, 02-25-2008 - 4:49pm
That's a tough age :( We have had issues on this board with sleeping and the rewards system seems to work well. Have you spoken to the OT about it and what did she say? As for the arm I understand why it is hurting. Is she sleeping in a toddler bed? I wuld have said pillows and such too :( Have you tried rocking or with some arents here vibrations has helped a lot. I know they will jump in and let you know what they use for the vibrations. I HTH
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Registered: 09-27-2007
Mon, 02-25-2008 - 5:36pm

hi welcome to the board...sleeping is one of my biggest problems with my son...I haven't slept a full night in three years now!!! ahhhh...he just turned 3 yesterday...we have always had a problem with him sleeping....he can't fall asleep on his own...and never could.... his dr. told me to let him cry it out...he threw up all over his bed...and still didn't stop crying...so you won't here this mommy telling you that :-)....so some of the things that we do....heavy work before bed...like picking up heavy toys...running....jumping...then decompression time...were I

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Registered: 09-26-2007
Tue, 02-26-2008 - 1:03am

I agree with the heavy lifting and such, wear her out real good, and always ad that decompression.

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