sensory processing disorder

United States
December 28, 2006 7:52pm CST
My three year old has sensory processing disorder and has to have everything in his mouth and touch everything. He is also a little(ok alot)aggressive with other children and adults. Any suggestions on how I can control this aggressive behavior? now understand that SPD(sensory processing disorder) is a real issue with some children and adults. This isnt a spank him or put him in the corner type of answer I am looking for. These children dont get what they might be doing is wrong...any suggestions I havent come up with yet?
7 responses
• United Arab Emirates
27 Oct 11
Hi laurie0515 I just joined this site and as I was looking for interests i did not seem to find any about SPD (sensory processing disorder) I attended some seminars on this because my son has autism/SPD. When your child seem to touch everything i believe that it is a tactile issue. what do you mean when you say aggressive behavior? what does he do? because my son has a bit of tactile, olfactory(smell) gustatory (taste) and proprioception so when they have these issues like this their body seek or rejects it. just to give you an example, my son's issue is proprioception this is about movement and body position so his body seeks jumping, running and pinching etc. there are books about this. if he has aggressive behavior,try to find out what triggers it and try to avoid it or you can channel the behavior into something else. I hope I was able to help you. =)
@telmesh (1793)
1 Nov 11
Hi schatzli have just responded to one of your other contributions and noticed you had posted this one. This orriginal contribution is a bit old the orriginal being 5 years old so you may not get a good response from laurie but if you go onto their profile and post a friends request you would be able to converse directly. You have so much in common with your children it would be good to talk together. My grandson has ADHD with OCD and a few other problems I don't know as much about his problems as I think I should but only see the results which aren't good.
@telmesh (1793)
1 Nov 11
Hi schatli, just looked at laurie profile and found there has been no activity for 60 days and did not have many contributions when here so may not be back. Such a shame.
• United States
18 Jun 07
My son who is almost 3, also has SPD and can be rough with other children without realizing it. Have you tried putting pillows or cushions over his body and applying pressure? This activity might help him to be calm.
• United States
18 Jun 07
I actually have! its been a while sinse I posted and have learned so much! He goes to therapy 3 times a week! It is great and they are teaching me so much...especially about the deep pressure! He loves it and it relaxes him so much!
• United States
19 Jun 07
That's great! So he's doing better? Well I'm actually just learning about it since my son was recently diagnosed with it. I had gotten the tip from my son's Speech Therapist. We still have to see an OT though. I'm actually looking for other moms that are dealing with their children's SPD for friend support. So if you don't mind, let me know if you are up to it. =)
@clownfish (3277)
• United States
29 Dec 06
Hi! I understand what you are saying. Sensory issues are not the same as disciplinary issues. Read "The Out of Sync Child" by Carol Kranowitz. It will explain a lot about what sensory input children need and why. It will also give you suggestions on how to handle things like sensory overload, etc. My daughter is on the Autistic Spectrum and also has sensory issues. Have you tried a weighted blanket? Sometimes putting a weighted blanket on a distressed child can help calm him down. If you don't have a weighted blanket, try putting two pillows over your child's body (not his face) and applying some pressure. You'll know immediately if your child has a favorable reaction to it. Most of the time, in these situations, either giving your child the input he needs, or removing him from the irritating stimulus, will calm the child down. Let me know if there's anything else I can help with. I've been through this, too!
• United States
29 Dec 06
I have read that book! such a great book. I wish I had the money for a weighted blanket I cant even make one I have tried so hard to! He really needs one badly! People dont understand what he goes through on a daily basis..there for i am going through it also. I cry all the time. My family just thinks he is a bad kid and he really isnt. I have no time for myself and he has been kicked out of 2 day cares and i am at my wits end.
@clownfish (3277)
• United States
29 Dec 06
I completely understand! Of course your child isn't bad, he's having a terrible time coping with an issue that he can't communicate to you. What have you tried as far as making a blanket? I made one for my daughter and I have a friend who has made several for her autistic son. I know they are terribly expensive to buy - which is why we made ours! :-) Perhaps I could help you with techniques or something to make one?
• United States
29 May 09
We went through this with my 4 yr old beginning at around age 2. He was a toucher and played so rough with friends that he appeared to be aggressive. He didn't understand he was hurting others because it didnt hurt him - the sensory input felt good to him. What we did was a combination of redirection and discipline. We redirected him to activities that would provide similar sensory input. If he was crashing into friends, we would find a place for him to crash where he couldn't hurt anyone. These kids don't know what they need until we show them. If you need ideas, there are tons of web sites out there to help. As he got past 3 yrs old, we began to intermingle some discipline, short time aways from the situations as they occured, then we led him to a different, more appropriate, activity. We began disciplining as well because he needed to and was old enough to start to understand that he actually hurt some one when he did things like that. We have seen dramatic improvements in our child's interactions with other children. Spanking does absolutely no good since if a child is hitting, you don't want to hit them - it only makes it look like that is ok. Plus, it may have no effect as sensory kids sometimes like the strong input of a spanking. Good luck to you!
@lhanna (1)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I found a great new resource. Go to www.thesensoryshow.com. It's a free podcast that is run by an occupational therapist that specilizes in SPD.
@bimmer999 (1160)
• Philippines
29 Dec 06
thats so sad..
@jen20619 (1302)
• Ireland
29 Dec 06
Im so sorry for you and Im sure this is a hard time for you.I suggest you try a weighted blanket it is suppose to calm a child down.I just hope in time things become better for you and your child.Good Luck