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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

You "down" with OT? Yeah~We have Dyspraxia and SPD!


So~for some silly reason when I was trying to come up with a catchy title~You down with OPP popped into my head~and wouldn't leave...So, there you go...the reason for the cheesy title!

We knew that there was a reason that Luke put everything in his mouth, that he was very clumsy, that he was seriously impulsive, that he hated some of his clothes and absolutely could not stand tags on anything (so do enough ppl to make Hanes make tagless shirts, right?) 

It was finally given a name when we went to the Kaufman Children's Center at the end of November and the name was Sensory Processing Disorder.  (2 books later, I am still NOT at all an expert~but I do understand SPD a little bit better)

The good news about SPD is that there is ALOT of information out there and that with therapy, Luke will just fine.  (Thankfully he is not "high" or "low", he is somewhere "in the middle"~which they said was really good).

Even better is that we caught this early. 

I remember our OT, Frank, telling me that if I hadn't noticed and been so observant~that we would have come to him for help when Luke was 9 or 10, probably 11, but definitely by 12.  We would have been sent by his teachers who complained of his poor attention span, his poor fine motor skills, his impulsivity, etc.  All things that made me cringe.  But the kicker was that he said that Luke would have been the kid on the playground that no one played with.  That was when I lost it~I couldn't hold the tears back.
And Frank told me not to cry, because we had come to him at the earliest possible time, and that Luke would make a full recovery with the proper therapy.  It would be a long process and we would have to do alot of home therapy in addition to in clinic therapy, but that Luke wouldn't be that kid that no one picked to be on their team.

Since then~Luke has worked his little tail off.  And we as a family, have bought in to the home therapy program...at first it was what Frank had suggested that we do with Luke, but later we came up with some things on our own.  Our trips to the park, our trips to the pond, our trips to the store, our eating out, etc. all became ways for us to get Luke stronger~jumping, climbing, reaching, throwing, etc.

Luke has been growing by leaps and bounds in OT and today I was able to witness some of those leaps and bounds.







So, you probably want to know what good swinging around in a circle does~LOTS~AND I only took pics of him seated and holding on, later he did it with his hands in his lap and then he stood up and held on!




This is what is called vestibular work ;)  And while it may look easy, it isn't~especially for our boy.  He is such a trooper.  God, thank you for all of your blessings!

 

Read more for info on SPD~
You know that their are five basic senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. But, there are three additional senses: the sensory system that processes movement (vestibular), the system that tells where our body parts are located in space (proprioception) and the system that lets us know how we feel "internally" (interoceptive).

As your brain receives (sensory) input from each system, that input must be interpreted, integrated, organized, and processed, so that you can react appropriately to the input.
Vestibular System

The vestibular system is the sensory system that responds to accelerated and decelerated movement. It is through the vestibular system that we learn directions and realize our body position in space. This system has interconnections with many parts of the body and influences many different functions, for example muscle tone, postural control, balance, eye and neck muscles. Problems with processing vestibular input can result in:
1) Motion Sensitivity
2) Clumsiness- difficulty learning to ride a bicycle, hopping, and stair climbing
3) Fear of Heights

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