Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Max and SPD

We've always known there was something about Max. We just couldn't put our finger on what it was. Since he was 3 or 4 we've had a hard time with him. He doesn't listen, doesn't follow directions, and recently has become quite aggressive.

His second day of first grade, his teacher noticed. She noticed that he fidgets a lot. I told her that we've always known there was something, we just couldn't put our finger on it or explain exactly what it was. She then allowed Max to use a squishy ball to fidget with to help him concentrate. That prompted me to do some research on the internet to find out what conditions would use that type of therapy. Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Dysfunction. It was like a lightbulb popping up in my head! Someone was describing Max to a tee! '

The next time I spoke to his teacher, I mentioned SPD to her. Our next step was to contact the Occupational Therapist at school and fill out questionnaires. The therapist observed Max in class on several occasions.

I was right. She called and explained his condition. I was so thankful to have answers but now what? I knew what she was telling me made sense but what do we do now?

He sees the occupational therapist weekly in school and his teacher (who we love, btw) is working with him to help him through his day. They allowed him to take a quick walk around the hallway, wear earplugs, move his desk when he felt distracted and some other comforting things that seemed to help. Until this week.

He was doing well for quite some time. This week, I got a call saying that his behavior was taking a turn for the worse. I feel really bad for his teacher because she has 18 students to deal with and I know how hard Max can be at times. I also feel horrible for Max because if we can't get this under control, he's gonna become a social outcast. He's become quite aggressive lately and doesn't understand the consequences of his actions. He outright lies. He does extremely well academically right now but I'm worried that eventually his disorder will get in the way of progress. And because of his inability to follow directions it'll be very hard for him to be a part of a sports team or learn an instrument.

So for now I'll continue my research, possibly seek out a good neurologist and PRAY! My poor Max. We'll get there.

For more info on Sensory Processing Disorders click HERE and HERE. It's easier for me to include links than to explain the entire disorder.


  1. Check out the Free Sound Therapy Home Programme at:

  2. Thank you for the links! I'm off to check on them for Henry.

    Good luck to you as well, raising children isn't always as dreamy as we had hoped.