We had our end-of-year IEP yesterday. Several of us believe ds has either ADHD or sensory processing disorder, but when the district sent someone to do an evaluation, she told the faculty that his issues don't interfere with academic tasks like note-taking, so he's unlikely to get support.
I'm going to have to set up a private eval. I thought about this months ago, but the school eval process was moving forward and turning out mostly as we hoped, with this one exception, so I didn't make the appt. It might take even more than a year to be seen, according to parents in my area. (I'm definitely not happy with the IEP team for soft-pedaling this for so long!)
So I'm still not getting clear info about how ds can deal with ADHD or sensory processing disorder. He seems to need physical stimulation. He will sit in contorted positions, seek small, tight spaces, grab and twist his skin, roll his head, mash his cheek into his face, and wiggle constantly. He also stares out the window when everyone else is looking at the teacher, or gets lost in a book during class.
at the meeting, the speech therapist mentioned that some kids use putty, stress balls, rubber bands, or tape to get their "fix." Have any of you heard of other discreet techniques for kids to cope with a need for physical stimulation?
Surprisingly, he hates to wear tight clothes, but he likes to sit inside dark, soft, tight spaces. He used to make a "mouse house" with my sofa cushions until he got so big that he was damaging them.
Keiki's Makuahine (Keiki's Mom) 51, dh 52
Keiki: b. 2002 after 3 months bedrest
Natural conception following ZIFT/chem. pg
Olivia: b. 1999 d. 1999
28-week preemie, ptl cause unknown
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