Sunday, January 31, 2010

What signs and symptoms of SPD does your child have? - continued

Did I mention that I have TWO children with Sensory Processing Disorder? I just went through the Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist: Signs and Symptoms of Dysfunction (from for my daughter. She is soon to be eight years old and is doing pretty well in school but we want to start her in therapy to help her. Here are her symptoms:

Refuses to wear new or stiff clothes, clothes with rough textures, turtlenecks, jeans, hats, or belts, etc.

Is a picky eater, only eating certain tastes and textures; mixed textures tend to be avoided as well as hot or cold foods; resists trying new foods

Has a preference and craving for excessively spicy, sweet, sour, or salty foods

May be afraid of the dark

In constant motion, can't seem to sit still

Bites or sucks on fingers

Prefers clothes to be as tight as possible

Written work is messy

Appears to "make noise for noise's sake"

Bothered/irritated by smell of perfume or cologne

Has difficulty keeping eyes focused on task/activity she is working on for an appropriate amount of time

Easily distracted by other visuaol stimuli in the room

Has difficulty telling the difference between similar printed letters or figures; i.e. p and q or b and d. (By the way, I find this one really interesting and want to find out how to fix it - maybe therapy will help?)

Fatigues easily with schoolwork

Variable and quickly changing moods

If you notice, my son and daughter have very different symptoms but they both have the disorder. This is a spectral disorder like autism and encompasses many children. It has not been recognized by the American Psychiatric Society but needs to be.

Finally, I would like to add one more symptom that I did not find on the sheet. My daughter has a very difficult time falling asleep at night. I was told by the Dr. John F. Taylor PhD that these children have a very difficult time falling asleep as their brains are going 100 miles an hour and then we put them in a dark room and expect them to go to sleep! His suggestion was to get a lava lamp (which can be dangerous for small children) or one of those pretend aquariums. We bought my daughter a turtle that lights up and puts the moon and stars on the ceiling. It is called "Twilight Turtle" and can be found at


  1. Joyce - The specific letter confusions of d,b,q, and p are extremely common for her age - I am very surprised to find that on this list. The letter confusion is normally outgrown by 3rd/4th grade.

  2. i have thought of the lava lamp...i think that is a great son also has a very difficult time falling asleep. i am trying to decide whether a noise machine would be good (for sound of rain or something). he loves music but maybe it is too stimulating to listen to kidz bop before bed. just wondering if you had any luck with the turtle. also, i have considered the weighted blanket. not sure where to go but we need to find a solution sooner than later! ;o)


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