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Need Advice on sensory problems

Posted by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 12:05 AM
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My son is 4 and I've always thought that he was just very "unique". He loves anything musical but can't stand any other loud noises. He covers his ears all the time. In elevators, theme parks, crowded places and around water. He is very hyper active and he had some trouble not paying attention and being distructive in his 3 yr old program. A few of my family members have said they think he has some sort of sensory autism. I have googled it but not ever symptom relates to him. I just need some advice from parents or caregivers that work with kids with autism and tell me if any of these things should make me worry or want to put him in a special needs program. I'm just worried. Thanks for any advice! 

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by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 12:05 AM
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by Kandice on Jun. 26, 2010 at 12:15 AM

 I don't have any advice for you but here is a bump!

by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 9:15 AM

We didn't have sensory issues like your son has....we have had textural issues....sorry no help here either.  If you are concerned, then I would suggest calling your pediatrician.

by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Perhaps he hears beyond what most people hear- into the higher ranges. Have you had his hearing checked?

by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 9:49 AM

I would contact your peditritian and have a few things done.  I would start out having his hearing tested...then I would persue calling the IU because he is to old for early intervention.   They would be able to give you a little bit more once his is evaluated.  My son was born at 29 weeks and he has alot of sensory issues that we have overcome. One of them was dealing with noise levels we are slowly gettting beyond them but not quite there yet and he just turned 5.  Good Luck Momma!!! Keep us updated.

by Emerald Member on Jun. 26, 2010 at 1:20 PM

My oldest son has Asperger syndromeand has issues with loud noises.  Aspergers is on the Autism spectrum, but is very mild.  Talk with your ped about your concerns and he/she can refer you to a specialist who deals with Autism Spectrum Disorders for evaluation and an action plan.  My son was helped tremendously from seeing a psychologist who specializes in Asperger Syndrome.

by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 3:54 PM

My ODD has developmental dyspraxia and SPD.  She also has huge problems with loud noises... the vacuum still sends her under the table sobbing if she's not ready.

The thing with sensory and spectrum disorders is that not *every* symptom has to be present... it's more about how the symptoms they have are presented.  I would highly recommend you check out The Out of Sync Child.  It addresses SPD but also can apply to Spectrum disorders.

Give your Ped a call and get him evaluated.  I would also have him evaluated by the schools.  He may be eligible for Early Childhood services.

Good luck!!

by Mikki on Jun. 27, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Quoting kmrtigger:

 I don't have any advice for you but here is a bump!

family in the van   Mom of four

by on Jun. 28, 2010 at 11:12 AM

 Both my children are on the spectrum and have adversions to those things.   As they've gotten older, it's gotten better, but my son still freaks out in an elevator and my daughter doesn't like loud music or noises she's not familiar with.

I would have him tested.  The school district should have a program that will test him for free.

by on Jul. 7, 2010 at 10:14 PM

 thank y'all so much for the advice. I'm taking him to the pediatrician on monday so I really hope she can tell me something.

by on Jul. 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

I agree about seeing your peditrician.  DS8  has had lots of sensory issues-tactile, textures, and audio...He was recently dx with CAPD (central auditory processing disorder).  I seem to be always working on desensitizing for something.  Def have him evaluated!  Give your child as many diverse sensory situations as you can!  Play with plah doh, flour, cornmeal, water..visit every kind of sites, zoos, get the idea.  Good luck and remember your the best advocate for your child!

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