My son is diagnosed with infantil autism... but I belive he also has SPD.. he is hypersensitiv to noise and he is a very picki eater...In Norway we do not have spesially educated doctores...what can I do to help my son? he is on a stright diet and we are also giving him tomatis therapie. he is also stimming a lot how can I help him from beeing overstimulated?
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Hi! I'm sorry you're having concerns about your son. Can you please tell me what you specifically refer to by "SPD"? I want to be sure we're understanding one another before I continue with recommendations.
By SPD, we mean Sensory Processing Disorder. If you google it, you can find a site called "The Sensory Processing Disorder REsource Center"
OK. Thank you. I thought that was what you were referring to. These two conditions are quite different but can be found together in the same child as sensory issues are common in children with autism.
The interventions you have tried thus far are not harmful but, with the exception of the ABA, are not proven to reduce symptoms of autism. ABA is the only therapy that has proven results. An occupational therapist might be of help with the sensory processing issues, however, a recent study suggests that even that therapy is of limited benefit and should be used on a trial basis only with frequent reassessments to determine if it is improving the condition.
Sometimes medications are helpful in reducing the behaviors found in autism. You might seek out the assistance of a child psychiatrist or pediatric neurologist if once can be found in your area who works with children with autism.
As far as his home environment, routine and structure are very beneficial. The more predictability he has in his day the less stress he will have. The stimming behaviors are, as you know, quite common in autism and frequently increase with stress. Reducing outside noises such as the television and large crowd noises should help reduce this behavior to an extent but it's unlikely that you will be able to eliminate it completely without continued ABA therapy and, possibly, medication.