If you haven't read the first blog post about Sensory Integration click HERE
Yesterday I watched as Rachel had her second evaluation for Sensory Integration...It was NO SURPRISE, that the results were the same (even if her scores were higher) as they were 2 yrs ago.
I sat through the very familiar testing process...And saw my sweet little girl, struggle with things like watching flashing lights, guessing an object that was placed in her hands (eyes shut), matching rhythms (clapping, tapping feet)
Rachel became very frustrated during certain points of the test...Often refusing to continue.
"My head hurts..." "I'm too tired..."
But- Like 2 yrs ago....It was nice to see that someone else could see, the issues my daughter faces.
Sensory Integration won't go away....BUT....There are ways to help parents AND child manage.
Last year, I sunk my head into a book called "The Out of Sync Child" and I was shocked how almost every page, was like it was written about Rachel.
This check list was given to me by our Occupational Therapist
|_____ Fear of new tasks and situations||______Overly aggressive/explosive|
|_____Overly passive||______Easily frustrated|
|_____Can’t follow directions||______Unorganized|
|_____Can’t get work done on time||______Can’t work independently|
|_____Distractable/short attention span||______Can’t wait/take turns|
|_____Doesn't learn new activities easily||______Clumsy|
|_____Tires easily||______Difficulty hopping, jumping, skipping|
|_____Slouches, poor posture||______Always something moving(leg, hand, body)|
|_____Poor pencil grasp||______Poor handwriting|
|_____Breaks pencil or crayon||______Awkward with pencil/scissors|
|_____Can’t copy from board/book||______No consistent hand preference|
|_____Letter or number reversals||______Likes physical contact|
|_____Avoids being touched||______Dislikes getting hands dirty|
|_____Oral overflow (tongue out, drooling, hands in mouth)||______Can’t keep hands to self|
|_____Fearful of activities moving through space||______Poor balance|
|_____Excessive need for swinging, spinning, rocking||______Delayed speech and language|
|_____Difficulty screening out visual/auditory stimuli||______Difficulty with dressing skills|
|_____Difficulty discriminating shapes, colors, letters||______Makes repetitious vocal sounds|
|_____Responds negativity to loud or unexpected noise||______Positions hands awkwardly|
|_____Walks on toes||______Rejects textures of food, clothing|
If your child shows signs of any of the above, it is recommended that you get a referral to an Occupational Therapist for further testing.