How did you know to get help?

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Registered: 04-18-2004
How did you know to get help?
Thu, 02-04-2010 - 11:43pm

Hi there,
I was wondering what behaviors led you to seek help. How did you differentiate between "toddler/young child" behavior and possible sensory integration disorder. Kids do a lot of crazy things and so how does one know whether it's normal or not.

My younger son is 3 and I don't know whether it's due to his maturity level or if there is something to be concerned about.

He is very sensitive. He always has a hard time when we leave to go to work in the morning (even when left with his babysitter that he knows well). He has a very hard time settling down to sleep (we've used Melatonin which has helped). He sometimes starts out in his bed but always wakes in the night and comes into our bed. He still puts things in his mouth (including toys, napkins, pens, play dough). He is obsessed with touching my face (especially my ears/cheeks) when cuddling/falling asleep. He flips out over changes (we moved a book case in his room to another part of his room and he cried hysterically). His preschool teacher says he has a hard time with transitions in the classroom. He can be very negative (saying I hate that to whatever activity is going to take place). He eats meat, bread, and cheese but rarely eats any fruit/vegetables. He loves HOT baths. Sometimes when I pick him up from preschool, he screams really loudly and runs around without reason.

What sorts of things should I observe before asking for an evaluation? His development has been pretty normal. Thanks, Lori