I knew since then, way back 2011, there was something different with my son’s development. He was physically fine but I noticed some not usual that could possibly lead to his difference with other children around. I know my instinct was right. Until my mom and father-in-law spoke to me and said, I need to bring my son to a doctor who specialize in child’s developmental condition and have him (Yuri) checked. Time passed by I gave Yuri a chance to overcome those difference I may call, and maybe somehow this can be learned. Yuri being a picky eater catch my attention and I began to worry. I’ve researched and have it written like this:
When he was a toddler Yuri has difficulty shifting focus from one object/activity to another, does not notice pain or slow to respond when hurt; has a “floppy” body, bumps into things and has poor balance; does little or no babbling, vocalizing; easily startled; extremely active and is constantly moving body/limbs or runs endlessly. He is a picky eater during this stage.
When he reached pre-school age (Yuri is now 5 years old) he is overly sensitive to stimulation, overreacts to or does not like touch, noise, and smells, etc.; unaware of being touched/bumped unless done with extreme force/intensity; has difficulty learning and/or avoids performing fine motor tasks such as using crayons and fasteners on clothing; he seems unsure how to move his body in space, is clumsy and awkward; has difficulty learning new motor tasks; he gets in everyone else’s space and/or touches everything around him; child has difficulty making friends; he is intense, demanding or hard to calm and has difficulty with transitions; has sudden mood changes and temper tantrums that are unexpected; seems weak, slumps when sitting/standing; prefers sedentary activities; hard to understand his child’s speech. (Well, I am the only person who can understand him). But he seem to understand verbal instructions. Still a picky eater.
Until last October, Teacher Gheng sent me a letter that I need to see her and discuss regarding Yuri boy’s behavior so I knew for a fact they already notice something different but not wrong with Yuri. It was explained this way, a Behavior Interventionist had an observation to SGFA’s student’s behavior and got her attention with how Yuri socialized with other student and explained further for me to better understand what it could be.
Tests and Observations done:
- VABS- Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale
- A psychological test used to measure the performance of children on their daily activities required for personal and social sufficiency. VABS is comprised of four main domains: Communications, Daily Living skills, socialization, and motor skills.
- Short Sensory profile
- A checklist that is accomplished by the main caregiver to reflect a child’s sensory processing skills based on the observations in his natural contexts.
- Parent interview and observations
- Informal skill survey
Results shows Yuri has SPD.
What is SPD?
“Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD, formerly known as “sensory integration dysfunction”) is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses. Pioneering occupational therapist and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, PhD, likened SPD to a neurological “traffic jam” that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, and other impacts may result if the disorder is not treated effectively.”
The short sensory checklist reveals Yuri boys skills in the following areas are par to his age: gustatory, olfactory, vestibular (hypersensitivity), proprioceptive, and visual sensations. The vestibular hyposensitivity and auditory filtering/ auditory language processing however shows positive results.
Assessment: Problem list:
- Work behavior problems
- Attention span
- Frustration tolerance
- Impulse control
- Cognitive Skills delay
– Cognitive skills are basic mental abilities necessary for thinking and learning. Includes is a wide variety of mental processes that is used in analyzing sounds and images, recalling information from memory, making associations between different pieces of information, and maintaining concentration on particular tasks.
-Yuri is unable to build 3-block bridge
-Point to common objects
-Share toys with others in peer group
-Converse in short sentences
- Communication skills delay
-Includes skills used for relating and inter-acting with others people, and behaviors being assumed in different social situations.
– Yuri’s current level of speech is indicative of some pragmatics delay (limited in communicative intent), delay in receptive language, expressive language delay (inability to respond in a loud clear voice to be understood.
We are now starting his therapy at Camp Charis located in Mambog, Bacoor Cavite. I will be happy to share our everyday journey to my fellow moms out there. Admittedly, I am saddened of what is happening with my child, but what most important now, I am able to find ways on how he can cope with his condition. . I am just thankful to God He always give me strength to accept things as they are.