Today was our first Occupational Therapy appt. We are going for her sensory processing issues. I've been doing a lot of reading on it and after all, this is a big reason why I quit my job. I want to help her, to help us. So her doctor gave us the referral about a month ago and our first appt was today.
It's basically just an assessment to start. Today we looked at fine motor skills which I know she is more than on track with, well I assumed and they agreed. She will also be assesed on gross motor skills. I think this area is fine as well but she does seem to have a little more balance issues than some other kids her age. Doubt it's anything major though.
So the sensory processing is the challenge. Eating, sleeping, transitions, noises, temperature, clothing...issues with these can lead to instant, spontaneous meltdowns. The therapist agreed, based on things that I shared, that she will benefit from therapy. So now we just need Kaiser to approve it which the OT said she would help make happen and we'll get started.
For a long time, I don't think I wanted to believe this was sensory but more just her personality/temperament and maybe she would grow out of it. However, some days can be a real struggle around here as some of you may have seen in my blog. The more I read about Sensory Processing Disorder, the more I saw what it can span- the diagnosis that is- and it just makes sense for her. The tough thing is that we still deal with so many people who tell us, "she is just 2" or "my kid did that for awhile" and dismiss it as totally normal. I guess a lot of people/doctors/insurance companies don't acknowledge it as a condition. Well, come live at my house for a few days!! It can really challenge a happy home.
I'll be blogging more about our visit. Hopefully before the day is up.
Yet another leap in my constant quest to get support for H and us as her parents. Let's hope we make a little more headway with this one!