should I be concerned?

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Registered: 06-07-2005
should I be concerned?
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Sun, 01-10-2010 - 1:40pm
Elijah is my oldest son, he will be 4 in a couple weeks. He attends a 3 hour private, church preschool 3 or 4 days a week. He has been evaluated by the school district for speech articulation problems. His IEP meeting is on the 22nd. Prior to his evaluation, they did a screening of all areas, which he passed. I still feel like there is more to his sensory issues. For instance, he hates changing clothes. If its time to change clothes, he may scream and resist for the entire 10 minutes it takes, other times he may even do it himself. I think it depends on his mood at the time. He has always resisted having his hair and teeth brushed or being told to do those things himself. His face has been completely chapped the past few weeks because of him sucking on his fingers, licking his lips, and drooling. He would always lose his chapstick. Our solution of giving him a little tub of vaseline and freedom to apply it at his will has so far worked wonders. Elijah daily or every other day gets in trouble at school for hitting the other children. He is very smart and can write his name and draw very well. He organizes everything in rows and gets upset when his little sister moves anything. He loves look and find boooks and has several memorized, he will pour over them for hours. He dislikes bright light and will scream that he's hot when the sun shines on his face in the car until we get him a pair of sunglasses. Last night I gave him a bath and he refused to sit in the water because it was "hot", of course it wasn't, his little sister had been sitting in the same tub for 5 minutes happily. He refuses to eat hot food and will sometimes wait until it us completely room temp to eat it. I am pretty sure all these things together aren't quite "normal", but they don't interfere too much with his day to day life. Should I make it a priority to include this in his IEP? Without therapy, will it most likely escalate or could it be something that is outgrown? I also don't want a label to hinder him as well.
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Registered: 09-12-2008
Sun, 01-10-2010 - 4:27pm

Hello and welcome to the board. Did the school include an OT evaluation? A lot of schools don't address sensory issues unless they are interfering with the child's education. Have you thought about a private OT evaluation to help with some of the sensory issues? They can help get a good sensory diet plan to help you.

Did the school district offer you speech services or a special ed classroom? Did the school district observe your son in a classroom setting?



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