11.04.2009

More info? That I can do ...

Preppy 101 (and others) have asked for more information on Little Mister.  I can not divulge it all ... not only for his privacy but because our story is long and detailed.  Here is what I can tell you ...

Little Mister suffers from (among other things) Sensory Integration.  In laymen terms that means that the information his five senses picks up from the environment is not properly processed by his brain.  It gets scrambled.  The therapists describe it as him being on the edge at all times.  The feeling you and I get when we have had too much stress or too much caffeine and we are ready to scream is the feeling he has each and every day.  This can be controlled by OT therapy, swimming, outside excersize, horse back riding, swinging and many other things.  In doing research I have learned it can be made worse with foods and other things.  I have done every single thing I have read to give him every opportunity to succeed.  And succeed he has! 

Two years of OT plus a strict regime of outside time plus diet restrictions plus 12 hours of sleep a night has made his life so much better.  However ... the anxiety remains and in my opionion has gotten worse.  Children with SI will face a situation with a negative response.  Trying new things makes him anxious ... how will it make him feel?  If you ask him to do something new he will respond in the negative and then process it and come back in a minute or so and say yes.  The bad part is the negative answer is not always a quiet, simple no ... sometimes its worse.  Of course his SpEd teacher knows him and just lets him work it out until he comes around and says yes.  Not everyone is this patient and kind.  His IQ is actually higher than my straight A student.  His anxiety along with his visual processing issues impede his performance.  If I can work through the anxiety and give him a smoother ride he will not only have much better days, he would probably be picked up for the gifted program.  He is that smart!  His photographic memory stuns me each and every day.  My point?  The ability is there ... we just have to tap into it! 

This year he has been experiencing panic attacks which have caused all sorts of problems at school.  He has now been labeled as "that kid".  "That kids" mom must act!  I would like to get the anxiety more under control.  I am not opposed to medicine but I want to make sure that is not my only route.  Medicine does not give us the tools to cope ... it simply makes the problems easier or go away.  My happy pills don't talk me off the edge they just make the edge farther away and less desirable.  See my point?

With that information ... what do you think?
MPM
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