Wow, I belong here... so wanting to introduce myself to this thread.
(I spend a lot of time with my toes curled under and many people look at me wondering how I am comfortable like that... I do not walk like that but every other opportunity I have they are curled under... I never knew anyone else did that)
My 9yo son has ADHD and SI, my husband and I learned in having him diagnosed that I too have the same issues as my son. My 4yo has some sensory troubles as well but only in a few select areas so his is not as bad as me or my 9yo.
I have always had high anxiety, ADD and SI but growing up no one believed me, they thought I was acting up. I refuse to have my kids grow up thinking their problems were ignored.
My 9yo was diagnosed officially when he was 6yo and has been on short acting ritalin since. He has commented he feels much better on it and likes that we can do more family things now because he behaves better. (That makes me know I made the right choice to medicate him). He still has daily struggles but has come a long way. He is very smart, an advanced reader and very rarely gets grades below a 95%... yet he still struggles to make friends and interact properly with others, he has impulse control troubles as well that the medication does not help. The OT at school has suggested he have a stress ball to offer sensory input during class (amazingly he focuses better while using it and retains more info), he also is allowed to stand at his desk when he needs to move as long as he is not disruptive to other kids. A necklace of a tough rubber like material is also worn to prevent him from chewing his fingers or clothes, instead he gnaws on the necklace. He has come a long way over the past few years, but everyday is still a new learning experience.
As for me, I am unmedicated for my ADD... I am a terrible housekeeper and stay at home mom because of my ADD. I have an incredible desire to organize, but I do so in a way that makes no sense to anyone else and it is only select items I have to be organized with. I wish I could take control of my house and organize everything. I have a very hard time focusing and completing tasks...my husband and I actually laugh quite often about all of my half completed projects. I am always ontime or early to wherever I go, and cannot understand how anyone could run late. My kids are not bathed as often as they should be but never have dirty faces because that is gross to me (I hate the way dirt feels on me so never allow it to stay on my kids long). I cannot tolerate a lot of sounds or textures and have learned how to avoid a lot of things that 'rub me the wrong way'. Any suggestions on helping a Mom with the same issues as her kids would be greatly appreciated.
My 4yo uses his fingertips to touch most things and avoids full hand contact. He also will only eat bread type items....like cereal, sandwiches, pancakes and likes milk. We have been trying forever to get him to eat more and he would rather not eat than eat what we offer. Any ideas on helping him with oral sensory troubles?
It is so wonderful to find others here facing the same daily ups and downs.
I look forward to learning more about all of you.