With the lack of support for parents, that have children with Autism, I have been left with no where to turn, but my blog.
You see, I'm not sure if I'm overreacting, or if little A may have SPD too.
Little A hates to be touched sometimes, but loves to be cuddled (in fact he give the most awesome cwtches, when he does).
He will normally be found with a piece of BluTac in his hands, he almost finds it soothing.
I have never cut his finger nails, or toenails, or cleaned his ears. He simply cannot cope. He really does seem to find it painful.
His haircuts have been a challenge from day 1. I mostly do them (I actually think I'm getting quite good). It's still a challenge, but with certain tactics I can get us through it, although hair clippers are still a huge no no.
He hates being dressed. He spends most of his time in his pants, although he discovered onesies are OK(ish). We have to be quite particular about the close we buy/make. My other children have always worn hand knitted jumpers, little A simply can't cope with them. I've often had to turn his socks inside out, so that he is comfortable.
He is incredibly picky with food. 'Wet' food has never passed his lips (think gravy, baked beans). He is put off my the smell of food. Today I am making burgers, as soon as they are on the grill, he will be complaining about the smell in the house. Although, other days I could be cooking a curry and he won't even notice! He had a huge meltdown, on our way to holidays, because we stopped in a carvery. The smell of the roast dinner was just too much for him.
Are these signs of SPD, or are they just another part of his Autism?
There are days where he will hurt himself, and barely notice. Then there are days where just brushing past him will make him cry?!
How do I tell the difference, and should I even bother? I mean, he's almost 8, we've managed this long, right?
Do any of my readers have experience of Sensory Processing Disorder?
Could you share this post, if people you know, have experience.
I would love to know what to do next.