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need advice on sensory problems please!

Posted by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 12:57 AM
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My son is 4 and he has had some problems the past year. He got in trouble alot at school for not paying attention and being destructive and his teacher thought he might have a sensory problem because he keeps his hands in fist all the time. He covers his ears with loud noises like when he's in elevators, around running water and in crowded places. He is very hyper active but I just always thought of him as his own "unique" person. He's very lively! A few of my family members have mentioned that they think he has some sort of sensory autism. I googled it but not all of the symptoms apply to him. If anyone works with kids that have autism or sensory problems please share some advice. I'm just worried now and I don't want to put him in a special needs program like people are telling me to.  

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katieschroeder
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 1:01 AM

He seems to be low-tolerance.  My son is high-tolerance, basically the opposite - no regular sensations are enough.  There are a couple great books out there - my favorite is "The Out-of-Sync Child."  It's very workable, you just need to know how to work with it (and inform teachers if needed) instead of contantly trying to work against it.  Good luck!

erei28
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 1:25 AM

 

 My DD has a speech delay and sensory issues. I would say to get it checked out to be safe then sorry. I see your an Air Force wife! Me too! Take your son to the Dr. and ask for a referral for anyone that can test him to see whats up. We don't have any sensory dr. or therapists up here so the school bought they only things available to non dr. and have been helping her that way. Most of all, don't focus on it! If you do he will do it more. but since you can get the help I would take it! And trust me, for me it was soooo hard to say that my kid had issues. But its better to do that then make them suffer because we are to proud! If you need someone to talk to I'm here!

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steph2884
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 1:45 AM

 Not all the symptoms of autism apply to every single child with autism. My son has autism and doesn't have every single symptom. He is almost three and doesn't talk. He always covers his ears when he is being overloaded with sensory information, whether it be noise, activity, or excitment. He has sensory issues when it comes to food. He makes eye contact, and he is very loving to people. There is no such thing as a typical autistic child, they are all unique. You should bring these concerns up to your doctor. Only a team of specialists can give you a diagnosis of autism. As for putting your son in a speical needs program... what's wrong with that? If your son is actually diagnosed with autism then he may need a special needs program to help him. Most schools also intergrate all the children together, so they aren't always seperated by their special needs. Special needs does not mean mentally retarded or "special". It is an environment where your child can flourish and get more attention that they need. My son will be going to preschool this August, and I'm happy to say he will be in the special needs program at school. He will also be around typical children. But the attention he will be getting in his special needs classroom will be precious. I'm hoping to hear his first words.

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balagan_imma
by Bronze Member on Jun. 26, 2010 at 1:52 AM

I have a friend who has 2 boys with sensory issues, the older one is sensory delayed and the other is a sensory seeker. The older one went through occupational therapy for years; I am not sure what has been done, if anything, for the younger one. Both are in a regular school, with no huge issues.

Get your son tested so you know what is going on. The sooner you know, the sooner he can get the help he may need to successfully integrate into kindergarten.

Ms.Upinyourface
by on Jun. 26, 2010 at 2:57 AM

ADHD  is about not filtering the incoming with the frontal lobes. In attentive 'looking' a child may very well be listening and taking in ALL the info just fine. Impulsively...doing the thing that a child thinks of without that forethought "hye, this is destructive" is also a ADHD type thing.

You are right...each child is unique and lots of children who show differences are just that...different.  What is useful about THE FULL COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATIONS of IDEA is that when done properly, by qualified people and the material gathered IS USED PROPERLY is that instead of going at this learning needs process BLIND to this child's needs as they really are, you will be able to help the people who are teaching your child to GIVE THE CORRECT learning supports.

Hyperactive and autism "labels" ARE OFTEN Ilegally used in public schools to releive the school FROM what the FEDERAL LAW obligates. Nolo Press has a great book to aid in understanding THOSE LAWS so you can advocate effectively with the non-experts employed by DOE who are VIOLATING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF IDEA for an income career pathway each day.

As you learn about what is true for your child you have the opportunity to be the LEADER for the team that will ultimately keep those new obligations warming up so that EVERY CHILD is getting what they individually need to LEARN TO POTENTIAL.

It seems that audio perceptions are what is being noticed the most, and impulsivity. As parent you need to help your child, and the teachers, help your child to learn how to cope and to learn with this as is. This is done by FULLY understanding the issues your child is learning through.Then you can implement the tools and skill sets so your child is achieving well. Do not be surprised if actual test show your child is a high level learner. And if so, do NOT let the school get off the hook letting him  expand his abilities over illegal label and neglect practices either.

Having any "difference" is a strength your child brings to this world. With care and attention that gift will expand the awareness of those who have the privilege of learning how to connect the many resources inside your child untapped, and also those in the Public School Library Resources ...start opening your eyes and your child will far exceed any expectations of failure that maybe draped over him under the veil of "special education" stay with IDEA and do not let that happen. Stop the brain drain in public school education one child at a time with YOUR child.

It is amazing how well they do with proper and sensitive attention that gets to the heart of what each learner does need.

Also read "Help My special needs child" to get the quality of constructive language into the plan and the way you discuss your childs learning needs and successes.

If you  and the teachers use consistant instruction that is possitively phrased to address his needs for AWARENESS that IS what your child will have to go on. I used one like this old fav

'You can learn it the hard way. Or you can learn it the easy way. Ask an adult befor you do for ideas."

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