A while back I posted about some concern I was having that the little man might have some symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder. Because he has been hitting all his development milestones according to the doctor and daycare I haven’t really though much of it again. Now with the way things have been going I’m starting to wonder again if it could be an issue for us.
I stumbled on an article on the Fussy Baby Site recently and it’s got me thinking again. It’s good to know that I’m not the only parent considering this about their high needs child. In any event, through the article listed above I intend to actually follow up this time on investigating the Habanero’s Sensory Profile.
We are still struggling with getting him to “sleep through the night” at over year and a half and according to our doctor by 18 months we should no longer be doing night time bottles. This goal seems somewhat more attainable that it has in months past but still somewhat of a challenge. I have noticed that the little man doesn’t like to eat when we are in a public place for dinner he is so easily distracted by all the goings on around him. I’m not really sure if this normal kid behavior since I’m a first time parent or if it’s a personality thing.
My husband has been claiming for a while now that he thinks my son has ADHD and from what I saw in the article it looks like we aren’t the only parents with this concern. So I guess what I’m saying is, if you suspect you have a high needs child that these are other concerns you might also want to familiarize yourself with or be aware of the symptoms. Obviously not all children who are high needs might have additional challenges such as these but I think we owe it to ourselves and them to at least be aware. Here are some of the symptoms for SPD listed in this article:
- Difficulty falling and remaining asleep without external soothing.
- Trouble latching on to breastfeed.
- Tantrums and crying that are more intense and last longer than they do for most babies and toddlers.
- Especially clingy and difficulty self-soothing or being soothed by someone other than the primary caregiver.
- Very picky about how he or she is held.
- Very high or very low pain threshold.
- Constantly on the move.
- Clumsy, uncoordinated, drops items often.
- Trouble shifting focus from one activity to the next or one toy to the next.
- Doesn’t like rocking at all OR wants to rock all the time.
- Very distressed or even nauseated by swinging OR won’t come out of the baby swing without wailing because she loves swinging so much.
- Very sensitive to certain sounds, too much light or a certain quality of light, temperature, sights including certain colors or a busy visual field, a lot of sounds at once such as people singing in unison, being touched unexpectedly, pressure against the skin (in other words, a light touch may be very distressing compared to a heavy touch, temperature, clothing fabrics, and so on). Think extreme responses to everyday sensations.
- Constantly sensory seeking—touching, tasting, etc.—more so than most babies and toddlers. For example, the baby might enjoy sucking on a lemon!
- Upset by having to transition from one sensory environment to another, such as from a warm room to a cool one.
- Eating difficulties, such as transitioning to solid foods, keeping the food together to chew it and swallow it effectively.
- Excessive drooling.
- Slow to toilet train.