Monday, May 31, 2010

Sensory overload!!

Ok parents with SPD kids.  How did your long holiday weekend go?  Ours went pretty well.  I could tell today though that they were both getting tired.  My son was whining about his hands being sticky.  This was one of the first symptoms that helped us to figure out he had SPD.  Anyway, today, they seemed sticky constantly!! :)  My daughter has been having a lot of meltdowns today too.  We have been very busy the last couple of days so they are both having sensory overload!  It is funny too because last week, my daughter went to a birthday party at one of these places that has video games, bowling, laser tag, etc.  I was talking to some of the moms and noticed that I was getting sensory overload!  There was just too much noise in there for me and I asked if it was ok to leave my 8 year old with them while the birthday party was going on.  If I hadn't gotten out of there, I might have had an SPD meltdown myself!! :)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Be an SPD ambassador!! :)

I was buying my daughter a pair of Van's shoes today.  Yes, my daughter "R4" will only wear slip-on shoes.  The sales lady told me about her struggle with socks as a child.  I told her about R4 and she went on to tell me about some of her own issues...sock trouble as a child, not liking to be touched by peers, food issues.  I told her that her quirks actually have a name..you guessed it..Sensory Processing Disorder.  I said that I am sure there is therapy no matter the age.  I like being a Sensory Processing Disorder ambassador.  After that I went to Lakeshore Learning Store to purchase some items to help both of my children.  I explained that my son "R5" has trouble with numbers.  I purchased some cards with numbers on them.  The numbers have a sandpaper texture so that he can learn using his tactile sense.  I also bought some finger paint for him as he hates writing utensils...we will finger paint his numbers and letters.  R4 just tested at a 10 year old level and she is 8.  Her problem is with spelling.  So I bought some word building blocks that resemble legos.  I think they will both benefit from these.  R4 wlll be stylin' in her new shoes and I will be using creative ways to teach R5 his numbers and help R4 with her spelling.

Monday, May 10, 2010

New book and website for kids with Sensory Processing Disorder

Thank you to Carol Kranowitz for commenting on my blog last week!  I feel so honored!  For those of you who do not know, Carol is the author of "The Out of Sync Child".  This book has helped so many parents, counselors, therapists, and doctors in dealing with the topic of Sensory Processing Disorder.  I have quoted Carol's comments below"

"May 4, another book for parents has just been published. Joye Newman (a perceptual motor therapist) and I co-authored "Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn and Grow" (Perigee). Our new "insyncchild.com" website will go up any minute now."  

I will be looking forward to reading this book and the website.



Friday, May 7, 2010

Visual perception problems leading to problems with spelling

I feel like a detective now.  My last post talked about visual perception problems that I think my daughter is having.  I read about this topic in "The Out of Sync Child".  I set up an appointment for her to have a test on visual perception where she goes for tutoring.  This will happen on Tuesday.  She also told me a couple of days ago that when she is sitting at the back of the class room and tries to copy words off of the board, she often misses letters here and there.  That tells me that maybe we are going down the right path.  It also sounds like a visit to the eye doctor may be in order also.  Who would have thought that problems with spelling would lead to all of this.  Once again, thank goodness for teachers that are on the ball and thank goodness for the book "The Out of Sync Child"!  Also, thank goodness that my daughter spoke up about her problems too!


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