Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Specialists

The journey to specialists can be a long and frustrating journey with hopes of discovering additional information or alternative ways of doing things from highly trained and well respected individuals. This summer we were on this journey...
We waited and waited and waited and finally had our appointment with a developmental pediatrician and child psychologist. I had hopes of discovering more information about sensory processing and strategies to help Crash as he enters school. I came in armed with his IEP, school evaluations, IFSPs and reports from other facilities. I explained my concerns and after 10 minutes received a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder that would most likely require medication to control. How many years of school did it take to reach this diagnosis?? Of course Crash has ANXIETY! He doesn't process the world like a typical person. Things are always too loud, too squishy, too scratchy. He will tell you straight up things are too scary. Of course he has anxiety then about his shoes, or shirt, or messy food etc...He knows before touching things or experiencing things that it will not be pleasant.

The specialists say, this is a typical generalized anxiety disorder that he was born with and that you can not change. Medication can control the symptoms since it involves a chemical imbalance in the brain. Occupational Therapy doesn't hurt anything but isn't necessary. So...if I understand this right, Crash is fearful or anxious of tags, socks, snow pants, boots, shoes, coats, sweaters, sticky things...hummm interesting. Well, I thanked them for their opinion. I do understand that the medical communities views on sensory processing disorder is swaying more towards anxiety at this point in time and that their views seem to always be shifting.

I will concede the anxiety. I will not go as far as to call that the root of the problem or accept medication as my solution. I have seen changes (huge changes) with therapy, and am very happy to continue down this road.

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