Food allergies · food sensitivities · sensory processing disorder

More on Sensory Processing Disorder

Someone asked for more info on this, so this post is for her. First of all, there has been quite a bit of research on the relationship between food sensitivities or allergies and SPD, so definitely get your child tested if diagnosed with SPD, or even if you just suspect it. And listen to your gut too. We had two food allergy testings come back negative, but then went to a third Doctor who found very specific sensitivities, and a true yeast allergy that really was the biggest factor. Once that was under control, he was a whole new kid. Sometimes a Naturopath is the best answer. Finding the best therapists for your child is crucial~ we found (after a couple of bad tries) an Occupational therapist who really did a fantastic job figuring out what my son’s triggers were~ what sensory activities he craved, and what calmed him down when over excited. We were then able to use that knowledge to conduct daily life. For example, we tried to do physical activity early in the day, and when my son showed signs of over-exuberance, we knew what activities calmed him, such as deep pressure. (Weighted blankets, heavy work, etc.) We avoided high-sensory activities that did not allow for him to move, such as movies which were generally too loud, too visually exciting, etc. But something like a bounce house place was great b/c he could convert his sensory intake into output easily. He also needed speech therapy and we found a therapist who was very in tune to occupational therapy. She worked only with SPD kids, and kids with autism/aspergers/etc. If your child needs any other therapies I highly recommend finding people who specialize in these kinds of kids b/c they understand the physical and environmental needs of these sensitive kids. My son also went to a school, starting in preschool, that provided OT and ST at school. When he couldn’t sit still, they took him for walks and provided other accommodations in the classroom. We were very lucky. If you end up with a school that does not recognize the special needs of your SPD kid, then find someone who can advocate for you, such as an OT. If the school wants to label your SPD child a behaviour problem, fight it. As a former teacher I can tell you that once your child is labeled that way, there is no return. This probably sounds like a heck of a lot to do, but if you hit it hard and consistently, it pays off quickly. Really quickly. My son is now in first grade and no longer needs any OT or ST, privately or at school. He is still high maintenance in many ways, but the majority of the time he is happy, calm, and excited about life. The entire school is impressed with his progress~ it’s awesome. I hope this helps. Good luck!


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