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My nearly 5 year old suffers from Sensory Processing Disorder and had started kinder this year. He is struggling with the different environment and routine. Does anyone have a child with SPD and can offer some tips for transition into this new environment? We see an OT who has offered suggestions but I’m looking for some personal experiences.

Posted by mom125971, 14th April 2015

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  • No, but my daughter with Down syndrome has sensory processing issues. She has a great fear of darkness and loud noises, big building and lots of people overwhelm her, at age 7yr she still puts lots of things in her mouth, she loves rough textures and you may see her licking a wall, eating sand etc. Transitioning is very hard. We found social stories, visual schedules and -planners help, and use a time timer as well.

  • My son has SPD ,as well as ASD and ADHD (both of these weren’t diagnosed until after kinder) but the teacher was great helping him adjust. I’d suggest talking to the teacher, letting them know your concerns and the areas they he struggles with… make sure you tell him before that it is a school day and pre-warn him of any changes to the routine. My son’s school allowed him extra time in the blocks or cars corner when needed and provided sensory toys when needed. The TA’s were also great when he just needed a cuddle and a bit of timeout. Good luck!

  • I don’t know anyone. I wish you well.

  • I don’t know anyone personally, but I like a Facebook page about a little girl with SPD, turners syndrome and a couple of other ailments. She’s a real little cutie and her mum works so hard to make sure she dies all she can to give her girls the best she can. Inspirational

  • My daughter has SPD and Down Syndrome. We had a great transition when she started last year. She has a great routine and when she is having a rough day the teachers know what she needs to help calm her. I have found that her bean bag is a great way to help she knows that she needs time to calm down.Use things that he loves to help. that is the biggest one that can help with him getting in to the routine.

  • thank you for your suggestion. Yes, his teacher is wonderful but no other SPD kids in his class (that I know of). We are making progress, just very slowly!

  • sorry I can’t help you but you could ask the teachers what they recommend and if there are any other kids in the school with the SPD which you could talk to their parents too get some support from. good luck and I hope someone can help you here.

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