Hi! My little girl is four years old and was just recently (last week) diagnosed with SPD by her pediatrician. My first question is: Are pediatricians qualified to make this type of diagnoses? We know our little one is 'different'. We always say she was born crying. Extreme colic, sensitivity to bright/florescent lights, stranger anxiety, separation anxiety (even if just in the next room) anxiety at birthday parties/family gatherings, speech delay, meltdowns over loud noises like the garbage disposal or the vacuum cleaner. The thing about her symptoms though is that they are not always present. But the minute she feels uncomfortable, it's all downhill from there. She also has a few obsessions. She loves toilet paper. She has me braid it into her hair and she unrolls it, ect. She is also obsessed with scrubbing floors. She will sit for thirty minutes to an hour with her scrub brush scrubbing the same spot on the floor. She is also a hitter (even when happy) and a biter. She does not go to sleep well and has never slept through the night. As far as her speech goes, she knows a lot of words, she just doesn't say any of them correctly. She will grunt or scream at you sometimes out of the blue if you touch or look at her. But on good days she is active and verbal and funny and sweet. She is smart and can work any electronic you put in her hands. I'm sorry this was so long. I just wanted to say exactly what was going on. Does this sound like SPD or something else? The pediatrician set her up for occupational therapy once a week but we don't start for another two weeks. Any suggestions on things we can do? I will add that she is not overly hyper unless we go to the grocery store or she sits somewhere (in the car) for too long. Any advice would be great!
on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM