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Please Introduce Yourself Here:) June 25, 2006 8:38 PM

Hello, and welcome to SENSational Kids. My name is Traeci, and I have a 6 year old son who has been recently diagnosed with Sensory Integration Disorder. More specifically, "Tactile Defensiveness". My boy has been in and out of assessments since he was 3 years old. ( And we're not done yet )

This is such a misunderstood condition, and I guess witnessing the misunderstandings and ignorance motivated me to create this group. So sit down with a kawfee, tea or whatever you like to drink...lol...and let's get this party started

Traeci

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Hi Sweetie June 26, 2006 7:04 AM

I have never even heard of this before.

Can you explain what happens to the little ones?

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Well here's my explanation:) June 26, 2006 9:01 PM

Well Christy, one thing I can tell you...is that finding an explanation for this in layman's terms is interesting...LOL. I'll do my best to explain...

Basically in Sensory Processing / Sensory Integration Disorder...The brain has trouble understanding the information we recieve from our own bodies (via: smell, taste, sound, touch, etc), as well as the environment. In turn, a person may have difficulty using this information (input and output) to do what we want or need to do. In most cases (if not all) careful attention is paid to tactile (touch), vestibular (movement), and proprioceptive (body/muscle) sensory inputs. *a mouthful I know, I can't even pronounce proprioceptive without messing up*

So with that in mind, Jaden exhibits many symptoms when he's overloaded, OR understimulated. Many people thought he had ADHD or ADD, as Jaden's "symptoms" mimic those conditions. It has been also discovered that Jaden also suffers from Early Onset Bipolar Disorder as well.

Sooo what does all this mean? Well, Jaden needs Private Occupational Therapy, which we cannot afford...so I've made a "Sensory Room" in our spare room for him. He's having problems Tactile-wise, so he has a bin full of tactile balls, building blocks, a sand box, and a box of packing peanuts. As finances improve, we will be including fibre optic lighting, and a lava lamp. He loves this room
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 June 27, 2006 7:20 AM

Some of the symptoms sound like opposite autism.

They have huge sensory problems and get overloaded easily with too much sound, smell etc....

Am I close to the track?

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Oui, the track is yours...LOL June 27, 2006 5:03 PM

Most children with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) have some sort of Sensory Issues, so yes your right on track.

When Jaden was 3, they suspected Aspergers and PDD-NOS, but came up empty handed (due to his early intervention I think)...I think knowing this now, they would probably assess him as PDD...but who knows these days. LOL
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