Tuesday February 6, 2007

     I was skeptical when Corin said that I should find a copy of The Out-of-Synch Child and read it as soon as I could.  She, of course, is well aware of the difficulties my eight year old son has with life.  In fact, one of Corin’s children has his own set of special qualities that make life with him, well, interesting!  The day she mentioned this book we were having a rather more than usually difficult day here.  That very afternoon, I picked up a copy of the book and began reading.

     One of the first things that I discovered was that Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) shares many of the same behaviors, signs, etc. as ADHD.  I already know that my son is pretty severely ADHD; so, I smugly thought, he really has no SPD issues.  All of his “issues” are just ADHD related. I was wrong (as I usually am when I’m smug!)

     From the introduction to the book:

“SPD can cause a bewildering variety of symptoms. When their central nervous systems are ineffective in processing sensory information, children have a hard time functioning in daily life. They may look fine and have superior intelligence, but may be awkward and clumsy, fearful and withdrawn, or hostile and aggressive. SPD can affect not only how they move and learn, but also how they behave, how they play and make friends, and especially how they feel about themselves.”

     Oh, my!  As I continued my way through this book, I found several check lists and charts that were easy to fill out and understand.  Before long, I realized that though my son does have ADHD, he most certainly also has sensory processing problems.  God certainly made him unique!

     Reading a book about a particular disorder wont’ be everybody’s cup of tea.  However, if you have a child with special needs, you know the value of reading all that you can to assist your child on his way to living a normal life.  I will be re-reading this book again, right away.  I read through it the first time just to glean information and decide if it applied to my son.  Now that I know that it does, I want to re-read and this time glean the information that will help me with his particular areas of sensory processing needs.  Yes, the book contains help for the parent in aiding their child, too!  The book also contains a very comprehensive bibliography, lists of resources and catalogues, as well as internet sites to further aid parents in obtaining more help for their child.

     If you have a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD, or any other related disorders, I would encourage you to pick up a copy of this book.  Prayerfully read through the first few chapters and work through the checklists.  You might find that your child does not have any serious sensory processing problems.  However, you might find that he does.  Awareness of a problem is a good first step in helping your child succeed in life.

        The Out-of-Synch Child is a gold mine of information for parents of children with Sensory Processing Disorder.

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4 comments to Tuesday February 6, 2007

  • It’s one of my favorites! :coolman:

  • Thanks for this info.  My son has ADHD and all that comes along with it.  He has developed some odd ~ movements ~ for lack of a better term.  Of course, he has some of the little ticks ~ clapping, tapping, he just seems to have a love of repetitive noises.  But he has started rolling his neck and doing this up and down movement with his neck ~ but he isn’t able to verbalize why he needs to do this.  Told the ped. ~ didn’t really get much of a response.  He is SO  SMART and is also very social.  ~Doesn’t have any problems making friends, but that is with medication.  We did decide that would be best for us. But bless his heart, some days these ticks just have such a hold on him.  Oh well, didn’t mean to ramble.  Have a wonderful night…

  • Thanks for this info.  My son has ADHD and all that comes along with it.  He has developed some odd ~ movements ~ for lack of a better term.  Of course, he has some of the little ticks ~ clapping, tapping, he just seems to have a love of repetitive noises.  But he has started rolling his neck and doing this up and down movement with his neck ~ but he isn’t able to verbalize why he needs to do this.  Told the ped. ~ didn’t really get much of a response.  He is SO  SMART and is also very social.  ~Doesn’t have any problems making friends, but that is with medication.  We did decide that would be best for us. But bless his heart, some days these ticks just have such a hold on him.  Oh well, didn’t mean to ramble.  Have a wonderful night…

  • Stampinlady – Hmmmmm…..you might want to check into Tourette’s Syndrome http://www.tsa-usa.org/   I’m not trying to diagnose or anything, as I don’t know you or your son.  It would be worth checking into just in case, though, because most of the ADHD medications on the market will heighten tics in a person with Tourette’s (which is one of the many reasons that we cannot/do not medicate our son’s ADHD).   In the meantime, praying just now for that special boy of yours!