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Helped me have my "aha" moment!
on September 30, 2010
I was the editor who proofread this revised edition. I'm also a mom with 2 sons. I had never heard of SID/SPD at the time, but I thought this seemed like a great and practical book when I edited it. I moved on to my next editing job.
Then my older son went to Kindergarten. At his spring parent-teacher conference, his teacher let us know that she was concerned because he was still parallel playing (appropriate for toddlers, not almost 6 year olds) and he wasn't really interacting with the other children. The school brought in the social worker to model social behavior for him. I talked to both his school and his pediatrician. We were referred to someone for an autism spectrum evaluation. My son had a few of the characteristics, but not enough of them to be on the autism spectrum. The summer between Kindergarten and 1st grade, my son's behavior and anxiety escalated. I scoured the Internet for answers. Not autism, not ADHD. No answers. At the beginning of 1st grade, there was a meeting (IEP) at his school with the principal, his teacher, the social worker, the OT, and the special education teacher. We talked about how to help my son. The OT talked about some of the things and activities she wanted to do throughout the school day. Of course we agreed to all the help they suggested. I went home and mulled it over. Months went by, the suggestions seemed to be helping my son and he was settling in to 1st grade. Still no label, but he was getting better. Sometime in January of his 1st grade year, I had my "aha" moment. I realized that the activities he was doing with the OT at school were the SAME activities suggested in THE OUT-OF-SYNC CHILD HAS FUN--and they were working! Talked again with his pediatrician and the school, and found a wonderful center for Pediatric OT. There my son was diagnosed with SPD. Filling out the forms and checklists, I found myself saying, Yes, Yes, Yes. THIS was exactly my child. Sensory avoider, low muscle tone, proprioceptive dysfunction, along with anxiety.
I'm so very thankful for this book and for Carol Stock Kranowitz. My son has made HUGE improvements in just the 3 years since his diagnosis. I know this will be a lifelong struggle for us and for him, but knowing the right therapy for him will make it that much easier! I can't believe that anyone would ever consider this a fictitious disorder. Walk in my shoes, walk in the shoes of so many families who are affected by SPD.