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October is Sensory Processing Disorder Awareness Month

October is Sensory Processing Disorder Awareness Month

We had our first evaluation for Sensory Processing Disorder in January by an Occupational Therapist. It was amazing, I had been looking for answers for this child since the day she was born, and finally, someone listened and agreed with me and had ANSWERS. And a plan of action. And with two little tips that first appointment, my 8-year-old was able to wash her hair that evening (with lots of mom help) calmly and in 10 minutes. It was practically magical. I walked back downstairs and told my husband that I thought I might just love the new OT.

Those two little tips?

Wearing her swim goggles in the shower. And the OT described washing her hair like giving her head a deep massage. For some reason, it worked when the OT said it, not me when I’ve been saying it for ages. I didn’t even care. One thing I’ve learned about SPD is WHATEVER WORKS is my new motto.

I know it sounds weird, but I was actually EXCITED about having our diagnosis. My youngest was 8 at the time, but I’ve known “something” was going on since the day she was born. It took me this long (and walking in with an internet diagnosis saying “my daughter has X” before it happened). I was so happy to finally able to name it, and finally, have a PLAN.

I’ve tried to explain Sensory Processing Disorder to her as best I can, and I think she’s happy that she knows why she’s been a little “different.”

These are the diagnoses we began with —-

Gravitational Insecurity

Auditory Sensitivity

Tactile Defensiveness

Touch Sensitivity

Though we did not get an official Dyspraxia diagnosis, much of the language the OT used in the evaluation paperwork, mirrors the description.

http://www.webmd.boots.com/children/guide/dyspraxia

This will  be an ongoing series chronicling our experiences with Sensory Processing Disorder. I am in NO WAY an expert! Please read and use at your own risk. 🙂

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