Sunday

Shireen's Intro

Hi, my name is Shireen and I am a speech language pathologist who has both professional and personal experience with SPD. Stefanie has invited me to this blog to help out with Therapy Thursdays and answer any questions that I can. I would like to tell you a little about myself and my experience with SPD. I became a speech language pathologist and worked in an elementary school for a couple years before my daughter was born. I loved my job and I quickly learned about SPD and many other disablities. However I had no idea that this job was really just the beginning of my training.

In 2000, I had a beautiful baby girl and took maternity leave from my job. It soon become apparent that something was going on with my daughter. She was constantly fussy, and had to be carried all of the time. The only way she would sleep is with me and with her feet pushed up against me. I could not even get out of bed to go to the bathroom without her waking up screaming. It took two years to get her evaluated and realize she had delays in language, gross motor, fine motor, and SPD. By this time, I was pregnant with my son. He was also fussy baby, but his sensory needs were not the same as hers. He also was diagnosed with developmental delays and SPD. I took off a few years to stay home and do therapy with my own children. I spent hours doing research and therapy with my own children.

When my son started in an Early Childhood Special Ed program, I decided to go back to work part time. I am a much better therapist now because of what I have been through personally. I can really relate to parents and help problem solve daily issues. I love working with young children and families. I would love to help you in any way I can. I think this is such a valuable resource for parents, and I would have loved to have this available years ago. Please ask any questions related to SPD, speech therapy, behavior issues, or even being a mom to children with SPD.

2 comments:

Feener said...

Yea !!! i could ask a million questions.....

my daughter is 4 1/2 and has sensory issues, her problems did not start till about 2 years old, she was an easy baby. but at 2 she stared doing some things like lining books up and getting upset if they weren't perfect. she has fine motor delays right now and is easily frusturated if she can't perform a task. she has about 3 meltdowns a day, she does well in school, she is in preschool. i am have NO discipline method for her b/c she just screams and cries and does it again.....

slpmom said...

I am so sorry she is having these tantrums at home. Sometimes kids feel more secure at home and express their frustrations openly. I have an idea of something you could try. When you see her trying to do something you think is going to be frustrating, give her 2 choices. Tell her she can 1). ask you for help or 2). do it herself but without crying or a tantrum. If she decides to do it herself and it ends in a tantrum, try to ignore the tantrum. (If she is hurting herself or someone else, you will have to get involved of course.) I am sure you have talked to her at other times about how frustrating it must be when she can't perform a task. Remind her of things she has learned in the past through lots of practice. Hang in there and let me know if this helps!