Has anyone had the their child evaluated for both, I am curious what behaviors are uniquely autistic?
I have not, but am a pediatric SLP with a DS who has SPD, and when he was younger (1-2) was worried he was on the spectrum (Asperger's).So...I have researched and read up on it a lot to know the difference. From my understanding, kids on the spectrum have a lot of difficulty with: understanding theory of mind (being able to know/interpret what someone else is thinking, understanding their point of view) (kids with autism have a lot of trouble with this), emotional thinking and reasoning, understanding and using non-verbal language (e.g., using appropriate gestures, using and understanding facial expressions), and stereotyped, repetitive behaviors with restricted or unusual interests (although I think that can be seen in SPD too due to difficulties with motor planning). As DS has gotten older, I've been able to get a clearer picture that he's not on the spectrum. He'll be 4 in August, and he is able to read facial expressions and emotions well and interpret others' emotions or anticipate their actions/desires based on THEIR actions, body language and interests. For example, last night I asked him what he thought his younger sister's favorite part of the day was: his was playing with the trains at the bookstore, he said hers was eating ice cream at Culver's (she is almost 2 so in no way explicitly said this, but he was probably right). He also lies ocassionally, which I have read kids on the spectrum just don't do at this age.
He is being evaluated by an OT in a few weeks, I believe he has sensory processing disorder. I hope with therapy, he can improve his behavioral issues.
My son did have expressive language delay, but we have been going to speech therapy for a year and he has progressed very well. He is almost up to speed.
No I haven't but here is a bump.
from the reading and talking to the OT I've done, I agree with the first poster. With Autism you are looking at more social awareness issues, OCD/repetitive behaviors, and the like, with SPD you are looking at triggers for certain behaviors based on hypo or hyper awareness of all things sensory--taste, texture in multiple ways, pressure on the body/joints, auditory, gross motor/muscular, etc. My MDD is SPD, loud noises, entering her space and clothing/bedding textures are our nemeses right now--she is also a sensory seeker, as in to get the input her body needs she must force things like jumping on the trampoline, hugging really really tightly, biting, throwing herself into the bean bag or against the couch, etc.
My son has been evaluated for both but in the end they decided that he did not fit enough of the criteria to be considered autistic. He has some characteristics from each group, but not enough for a diagnosis.
He also was not diagnosed with SPD, but rather as developmentally delayed with sensory issues. It is all very confusing to me, but at 7 he is finally starting to be able to handle life in general better and I woudln't say he is growing out of it, but he is definitely learning to cope with change much better than he used to.
He was in OT for the sensory issues and it helped a ton and he finally graduated after two years. He still has a lot of issues with food and clothing textures, but it isn't nearly as extreme as it once was.
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