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Can Spd cause all this violence?

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shazzarooney99 Mon 06-Jul-15 19:52:35

Got Ot report through today and its inferring my son has Sensory proccessing disorder,can this be whats causing mot of his behaviour problems and violence?

PolterGoose Mon 06-Jul-15 20:17:11

It could be a significant contributory factor. My ds, for example, is very sensory defensive. Simply, it means his senses are fucked up and he feels what might be minor sensory input to most people as a massive assault, this causes an instinctive fight response causing violent responses and outbursts.

In real terms my ds will feel a light brushing past him as deeply and alarmingly painful, so he feels he is being attacked and lashes out. On the other hand he won't even register a more serious pain like when we've banged heads, I'll be in agony and he won't even register.

Then, there's the whole sensory overload thing, which raises anxiety which he can't cope with so he melts down, often violently and with self harm.

The good news is that sensory OT strategies can be amazing at reducing this, both indirectly by altering and avoiding environments which are over stimulating, and directly, by doing and teaching sensory strategies to regulate himself.

I know I've directed you to the SPD support thread already, so have a look at some of the resources, the book 'Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight' is all about sensory defensiveness and really helped me get to grips with it all.

shazzarooney99 Mon 06-Jul-15 20:33:33

Thank, i have loads of sheets to go through, its overwhelming taking everything in xxx

PolterGoose Mon 06-Jul-15 21:02:05

I know flowers

Knowledge is power though smile

shazzarooney99 Mon 06-Jul-15 21:13:32

The Ot said specifially modulation disorder,whats that mean then?

shazzarooney99 Mon 06-Jul-15 21:31:10

Also this was the conclusion of the said report.

the conclusion of the Ot report said L** shows clusters of behaviours which are indicative of sensory proccessing disorder and more specifically a modulation disorder.

I presumed that meant he has it? but someone else have said not?

What do you make of this?

PolterGoose Mon 06-Jul-15 21:36:19

The modulation bit of SPD is the bit where he can't consciously modulate his senses, like most people in a crowd can tune in to hear their friend talking next to them, with modulation problems you can't do this.

Sounds to me like she's giving a diagnosis smile

shazzarooney99 Mon 06-Jul-15 21:40:19

Yes thats what i thought, just someone confusing me lol

dreamer0 Tue 07-Jul-15 09:46:50

I was told (by NHS OT) that they cannot "diagnose" SPD because it is not an officially diagnosable condition in the UK. That might be why the wording is a little odd.

As I understood her explanation, you can have Modulation and Discrimination issues. Modulation is over and under responsiveness. Discrimination is ... thought that might be the tuning out bit, so based on Polter's answer, not sure I have remembered correctly.

She also pointed out the senses fire off you fight or flight reaction, so if it is being activated incorrectly then of course you can get reactions that seem extreme.

That's the theory, still trying to turn that into practical understanding.

shazzarooney99 Tue 07-Jul-15 22:41:25

Thanks i have tarted implimenting some stuff the Ot gave us and we have had 2 calm night for now,touch wood lol

PolterGoose Wed 08-Jul-15 09:53:31

That is good to hear smile

My approach with the sensory stuff is to do it at every opportunity so it becomes part of daily life, look at how you can incorporate deep pressure as often as possible. Things I might do is give my ds's feet a squeeze when I'm putting his socks and shoes on (yes, I still do this!), or apply pressure to his shoulders to neaten his blazer, getting him to carry or move something heavy, giving him a big rough towel after his bath, we used to do spinning on the way to school, and balancing.

shazzarooney99 Wed 08-Jul-15 09:55:50

Thanks peter, i have had him carrying heavy bags, sitting on his beanbag,he spins himself in school lol.

Good idea about the feet and shoulders.

Is a weighted vest a good idea?

PolterGoose Wed 08-Jul-15 10:01:20

Possibly, we've got a weighted 'shoulder snake' which can be draped across shoulders (ideal when I cut his hair) or used on his lap, so it's a bit more versatile than a vest thing. It's a bit like these in the picture.

shazzarooney99 Wed 08-Jul-15 12:37:08

Thanks poulter xxxx

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