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Old 07-10-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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Early Intervention?

Tomorrow is ds's (2.5 yrs) evaluation for early intervention. I'm concerned that he has sensory/social issues. I'm kinda nervous that they won't get a good idea of what I'm worried about & that ds won't cooperate. He takes a while to warm up to people & is frightened of strangers. For Example: He is terrified of the doctors office & screams the whole time we are in the exam room, even when the doctor isn't even touching him.

And I know me being nervous isn't going to help him relax.

Can anyone share about your experience with early intervention & the evaluation process? It would make me feel better.

Has anyone gotten services for sensory or social issues? What did it look like? Did it help?

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It'll look different in different states, but could include a developmental specialist, occupational therapist, and speech language pathologist. They will come in and play with him. And ask you tons of questions. Parent report of skills counts for a lot. Don't be nervous, all you have to do is get in the door and as they get to know him services will be added or changed as needed. Write down a list of concerns with specific examples, if you have video on your phone and see something between now and then record it. Its not as stressful as it sounds I promise!!
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Mine was an OT and a PT playing games with the kiddos. They brought puzzles, things to jump over, and some little games. The kids had no idea they were being evaluated. They just thought that the two ladies were playing with them.

Then, they'll ask you a million questions. Describe your kiddo on his/her WORST day.
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Mine was an OT and a PT playing games with the kiddos. They brought puzzles, things to jump over, and some little games. The kids had no idea they were being evaluated. They just thought that the two ladies were playing with them.

Then, they'll ask you a million questions. Describe your kiddo on his/her WORST day.
this. they will evaluate him, but they will also ask you questions. They are aware that toddlers aren't as open as they are at home, or cooperative all the time.
DS went for testing for speech delay. He did ok for about 15 min and then had a total meltdown and refused.
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Thanks everyone. I feel a little better now. Although I am still worried I am over reacting & he is fine.

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Any experience with sensory/social issues? Can you share what it looks like for your kid? I know every child is different, but when does it cross the line between typical & a challenge?

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Ours was not for sensory/social issues, but our experience was the same as those above. The example you gave above was pretty typical of my dd's behavior but there was no concern what so ever of sensory/social issues. She is or at least was extremely shy. She was being evaluated for gross motor delays. She ended up with ot for 6 months and pt for 2 years. A lot of dd's behavior we suspect was due to her pain. She had an undiagnosed dairy intolerance with symptoms starting at 6 weeks old. She was evaluated at a year old. Her dairy issue was the cause of her gross motor delay and doc suspects it also plays a a role in her shyness. Our Early On program and school system sponsor weekly play groups. It took a year - we started when she was 2) of going to ours (all the same kids and same adults) before she would even get off my lap. Then she would not leave my side for another 6 months. Finally she started to actually play at the groups. We kind of spiraled from there. We take her to everything we can that is routine and involves a group. Story times, play groups, gymnastics, dance. It has all helped. Once she started to catch up physically she was started being less cautious. At almost 6 she is still very cautious- this kid won't risk anything, we have a hard time getting her to try a slide in an unfamiliar playground, things like that. But she is not so shy with people anymore. Still is some. We make sure to let her teachers know. She is so quiet at school, it takes the teachers about half the year to get her to raise her hand and speak out. But in the 2 years she has been in preschool and school she has opened up a lot. First year took almost to the end of the year before her personality started coming through. 2nd year only took about half the year. Maybe next year she will get to it a little quicker. Until she warms up she just sits there and doesn't speak. She will play with one or 2 kids- usually other shy ones- and doesn't really speak to adults. But once she starts watch out.

Again her behavior is not really typical, but it wasn't a concern of her docs. We all believe that it stems directly from the misery of her first year and her confidence after because of her delays. The more confident she gets the less shy. She will always be shy and cautious- some of that is just genetic and comes from me- but at least its no longer a major issue.
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Ours was not for sensory/social issues, but our experience was the same as those above. The example you gave above was pretty typical of my dd's behavior but there was no concern what so ever of sensory/social issues. She is or at least was extremely shy. She was being evaluated for gross motor delays. She ended up with ot for 6 months and pt for 2 years. A lot of dd's behavior we suspect was due to her pain. She had an undiagnosed dairy intolerance with symptoms starting at 6 weeks old. She was evaluated at a year old. Her dairy issue was the cause of her gross motor delay and doc suspects it also plays a a role in her shyness. Our Early On program and school system sponsor weekly play groups. It took a year - we started when she was 2) of going to ours (all the same kids and same adults) before she would even get off my lap. Then she would not leave my side for another 6 months. Finally she started to actually play at the groups. We kind of spiraled from there. We take her to everything we can that is routine and involves a group. Story times, play groups, gymnastics, dance. It has all helped. Once she started to catch up physically she was started being less cautious. At almost 6 she is still very cautious- this kid won't risk anything, we have a hard time getting her to try a slide in an unfamiliar playground, things like that. But she is not so shy with people anymore. Still is some. We make sure to let her teachers know. She is so quiet at school, it takes the teachers about half the year to get her to raise her hand and speak out. But in the 2 years she has been in preschool and school she has opened up a lot. First year took almost to the end of the year before her personality started coming through. 2nd year only took about half the year. Maybe next year she will get to it a little quicker. Until she warms up she just sits there and doesn't speak. She will play with one or 2 kids- usually other shy ones- and doesn't really speak to adults. But once she starts watch out.

Again her behavior is not really typical, but it wasn't a concern of her docs. We all believe that it stems directly from the misery of her first year and her confidence after because of her delays. The more confident she gets the less shy. She will always be shy and cautious- some of that is just genetic and comes from me- but at least its no longer a major issue.
That's very interesting that her behavior is linked to her dairy intolerance.

If Caden is just shy he sure does present it in an unusual way. I was a shy child & would cling to my parents & hide behind them. Caden just bolts. If I crowded room for story time, he just turns around and runs out, usually upset. He has never liked crowds even as an infant. If I try to make him stay he just gets more upset. Maybe he is just stubborn & would rather play than participate in story time or maybe there is another reason. Idk? Hence the eval. We'll see how it goes.

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DD1 has sensory issues. They are mild. She loves jumping and swinging to the point that I bought a trampoline to save her bed. She has to hold our hand to go to sleep, and she digs her fingernail into the pad of our thumbs hard! She has a high threshold, so she would push and squeeze other kids a lot. She loves hard hugs and being squished. She likes strong flavors. At 2 she would eat chili, raspberries, calamari, salsa, ranch, bacon, anything sour... she would eat the lemons out of waters at restaurants. She stuffs her mouth full when she eats. She trips over the curbs for driveways and catches herself on corners all the time. Her issues are mild.
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DD1 has sensory issues. They are mild. She loves jumping and swinging to the point that I bought a trampoline to save her bed. She has to hold our hand to go to sleep, and she digs her fingernail into the pad of our thumbs hard! She has a high threshold, so she would push and squeeze other kids a lot. She loves hard hugs and being squished. She likes strong flavors. At 2 she would eat chili, raspberries, calamari, salsa, ranch, bacon, anything sour... she would eat the lemons out of waters at restaurants. She stuffs her mouth full when she eats. She trips over the curbs for driveways and catches herself on corners all the time. Her issues are mild.
Hmmm sound a little like my son. He likes to jump, run & crash. I'd like to get a trampoline. And ds surprises me by what he will eat. He eats spicy stuff like soup, pizza with pepperoni, green peppers & onions. He loves onion rings. I never ate those flavors as a kid & only like onion rings a little bit. Caden would eat salsa & chips too, or in a wrap. And he loves bacon, but who doesn't love bacon?!

Caden is always bumping into things, then he whines "huuurt..." Until you acknowledge him & tell him he's ok, give the bump a rub & a kiss maybe. He doesn't like kisses on his face & only really let's me or DH kiss him, which he promptly wipes off.

We still rock him to sleep, but if my parents put him to bed or for a nap, he just wants to be put in his crib. I guess they aren't comfy enough, lol!

Caden is so timid around other little kids. We had to leave the playground once without even playing bc there were too many kids around. He has been on the receiving end of toddler bullies, so I think that has a lot to do with it. He played fine with my 12 & 14 year old cousins at a family BBQ.

I'm rambling, thanks for letting me gather my thoughts before the eval.

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