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Topsy
07-03-2015, 08:32 AM
A great read, and one I wish I'd had years ago. I was absolutely convinced my youngest had ADHD when he was younger due to all the impulsivity, but come to find out years later he didn't have ADHD at all. And I would have approached his behaviors so differently had I known, you know?

ADHD vs SPD: What's the Difference? (http://www.thejennyevolution.com/adhd-vs-spd-know-difference/#_a5y_p=3333949)

momto2js
07-04-2015, 03:41 PM
I have always thought that my son has some SPD issues. At this time they are being treated as ADHD issues but the meds make the sensory issue 5x's worse. I just managed an OT referral after asking for almost 2 years!! He is hoping to end at least some of the screaming, and sooner would be far better than later.

Topsy
07-05-2015, 08:02 AM
I have always thought that my son has some SPD issues. At this time they are being treated as ADHD issues but the meds make the sensory issue 5x's worse. I just managed an OT referral after asking for almost 2 years!! He is hoping to end at least some of the screaming, and sooner would be far better than later.

Crossing fingers and toes for you!!!!

Blue Ipsy
07-05-2015, 02:59 PM
Thank you for sharing this. I am looking fwd to reading this.

Bobslaststand
08-15-2015, 08:29 PM
Interesting. We've had issues with this because after our son was diagnosed with ADHD, the Neuropsych recommended we try OT to help him control himself a bit better. But when we went to OT and said on the application we were hoping for help with ADHD, we got an eval that talked only about SPD and each thing she brought up, she mentioned "can present as ADHD." I really felt like she was pushing ADHD out as a BS diagnosis in favor of SPD.

Mariam
08-15-2015, 10:13 PM
Also SPD is also grouped with ASD because many kids on the spectrum have SPD too. I am in the process of trying to find an OT in our area that can help us with some of the issues. It has taken us a while be cause we moved and I just recently found a doctor for us. So now to find the specialists, hopefully within the area.

ejsmom
08-24-2015, 08:23 PM
My child struggled with very severe SPD. It can really be debilitating and can affect things in life, and education, that would never cross your mind. I highly recommend starting with the book The Out-of-Sync Child to help understand how SPD can be affecting our kids. I hope all of those here seeking OT and SI therapy get the help they need. It was a crucial step for my kid.

CrazyGooseLady
08-29-2015, 12:04 AM
That article might as well have been my older son. I knew from an early age (his) that he was NOT like other kids. I taught at very large preschool while in college and I saw a lot of preschoolers...and none of them moved as much, needed to spin, touch and put everything in their mouth like my son. At age 5 I had him tested for led poisoning because he kept putting those stupid recalled beads from China in his mouth.

I thought something was wrong with his sight when we started reading. He could read....when the font was large. As it got smaller, I had to point. Dr. gave me a referral for diagnosis...but said, "Oh, I know it will be ADHD," as my son raced around the room touching EVERYTHING while his older sister and younger brother sat. Well, Dr did say ADHD...and we started vision therapy at same time because I thought something was off with his eyes. Turns out...there was...he was seeing in double vision and if he moved, he would see one, if he was still, he saw two. So he moved....a lot. The next year we went back to first Dr, and he was amazed at the boy sitting reading a book...without meds. I think second was right too, but it is ADD...not ADHD. He can sit still now, but is highly distractible.

Once we got his vision right...all his sensory stuff went away...it was like it was all trying to figure out what was missing, and once we got it right, all was fine. The Out of Sync Child is a great book....not all kids have the same vision issues...there can be other senses out of whack, and when they are out of whack, it sets them all off, masking what the real issue is. And of course, as this was how it was for my son from a baby, he couldn't tell me the problem because it was normal for him. We still have some ADD, but the doctor said we need to do another eval before he would even think of prescribing meds. My son might need meds some day...but we have been able to put them off for a good while.

So yes...there is hope...keep looking, try other therapies, see what else you can do.

ejsmom
09-01-2015, 09:21 PM
That's a great point, crazygooselady. My kid needed vision therapy, too. Even after his SPD diagnosis was removed after extensive sensory integration therapy, and addressing some physical issues. We figured out that he needed VT as math got more difficult. But it explained a lot of other odd things, too. Now his "not able to stay focused to follow directions" turns out to be a severe working memory deficit. All these alphabet soup labels, such as SPD and ADHD often have a wide range of causes and effects and I totally agree that exploring different therapies can be really helpful in resolving challenges and helping kids successfully manage their issues.