I've avoided talking about this because, well, I don't really want to add anything else to the list of things related to Luke and his therapy. But a month or two ago his speech therapist told me that she thinks Luke may have a sensory processing disorder. Basically it means his body hasn't matured to deal with everything sensory related.
Is it a diagnosis? No.
Does she seem pretty confident that it's another thing we're dealing with? Yes.
The day she told me, I drove home in tears. It was just one more thing to add to my list of worries for him.
She sent me home with The Out of Sync Child. I read it. Mostly. I'll admit that I did a lot of skimming. Yes, there were things that sounded like Luke. But there was also a lot that doesn't sound like him. And there was quite a bit where I said, "don't all kids do this?".
She referred us to an occupational therapist. I contacted her - but in the end, we decided to hold off. Financial, logistical and time reasons were behind our decision. More money out of pocket than we can handle right now + lonnng drive at least once a week + already full weekly schedule = too much to deal with at this moment.
Every session the speech therapist brings up sensory. She feels that it's keeping him from benefiting as much as he can from speech. He moves around a lot. He becomes startled if someone picks him up quickly. He has days where he doesn't want her touching his face to do the PROMPTs. He works on their activity for a minute or two then moves on to something else. Etc, etc.
One thing I read in the book is that we ALL have sensory issues. Everyone has one or two things they don't deal well with. For instance, I can't stand the dentist. And it's not a pain thing. It's the noises and smells that freak me out as soon as I walk into a dentist office. I don't like to wear hats or anything too restricting around my neck or wrists. If I'm sitting in a chair and someone even slightly tilts me back, I start flailing like a chicken because it scares the living daylights out of me.
So I'm on the fence. I want to do whatever we need to do to help him. But, he's only 3. I want him to have a chance to come through things on his own. I don't feel that the sensory issues affect his daily life, and so I don't feel that it's anything urgent to deal with right.this.second. We're working on them at home, using sensory activities, and I feel that it's a good start.