Sunday, April 22, 2012

my sensation kid

I have learned so much about my son as soon as I started working with an OT, who specializes in a sensory integration approach, 5 months ago. Based on my experience, i can not stress enough to families going down this road to seek out an OT who specializes because it has been instrumental for my family. Our old OT just did not comprehend the totality of my son's sensory needs. For example, our OT who specializes in a sensory integration approach, pointed out that my son missed a foundational skill having only crawled for a brief period and started walking at 8 1/2 months of age. She implemented a sensory diet beginning with my son crawling while playing with his cars, having a tunnel accessible for my son to crawl through and crawling when his motor is running too high. Our old OT had my son sitting at a table trying to manipulate peg boards and a wide variety of sensory objects, of which also neglected to take into account his sensitivities (hypersensitive to auditory and visual input and tactile defensiveness)

Understanding my son's specific needs has alleviated so much frustration and confusion in my day to day life and has given me more strength and empowerment than i have felt in the last 3 years.

My son has:
Sensory Discrimination Disorder (SDD)
Sensory-Based Motor Disorder (SBMD)
Sensory Modulation Disorder (SMD)
He is a sensory seeker,
over responsive to visual, auditory and lite touch
under responsive to vestibular, proprioceptive and deep touch

Do you have or know a Sensational Kid?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

like switching off a light

here is my little guy finishing up a big bowl of salad. six months ago, i was so happy to come back and let everyone know that my son's "poor feeding" went away and it has. just as the doctor said it would between 2-3 years of age... just like switching off a light, it will go away.

but with my son eating and sleeping in a healthier way, there were still these behaviors that i could not make sense of nor put my finger on. at times, i could not read him nor understand what he needed. it is a very helpless and frustrating feeling. every day could be so different and i had no explanation why.

i sought out additional occupational therapy services, aside from Birth to Three. at the consultation, my son's needs were magnified and there was no question that there was something much bigger going on with my son. I believe that my son has had Sensory Processing Disorder from the beginning.

moving forward, I hope to share our triumphs and struggles of our family as we travel through our day a little differently than we had planned.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

food allergy {dot} org

here is a great resource for HOW TO READ A LABEL
to avoid unsafe foods from

Monday, March 26, 2012

GF DF CF EF breakfasts


my little one's breakfast completely changed last week with the elimination diet to help alleviate his symptoms from henoch-schonlein purpura. he is currently gluten-free, dairy-free, casein-free, egg-free, corn-free, and soy-free.

in addition, my little one NEEDS crunchy food to satisfy his sensory needs, so you could imagine toasted whole wheat breads and crunchy cereals were very much a part of our day. interestingly to note is that when i increased the amount of crunchy foods and cold beverages offered throughout the day and at every meal, i seen an increase in the amount of food he was consuming. pancakes topped with RAW nuts and seeds have worked well in the past, easily topped always with hemp seeds and other raw nuts or seeds that we have on hand. muffins with nuts or seeds initially work well, but i believe a recently purchased mini muffin pan will offer a firmer texture that my little one will accept better.

My little one has been DF CF EF for some time now and i have been able to make easy substitutions for dairy, casein and egg. The GF seems to be the hardest yet. I have a variety of items in my pantry but I am having a hard time finding GF DF CF EF CF SF recipes that do not include 4+ types of flours and starches, as well as a handful of more of other ingredients. I would like to find a simple, basic pancake recipe and muffin recipe. I also need to make up for a failed attempt at GF birthday cupcakes :( my little one turned 3 years old through all of this and my recipe fell flat.

in my cupboard, i have:
FLOURS: brown rice flour, coconut flour, buckwheat flour, tapioca flour
GRAINS: quinoa, amaranth, rice, buckwheat
RAW SEEDS/NUTS: chia seeds, hemp seeds, cashews, coconut, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, sesame seeds, almonds, pine nuts
OILS: cold pressed coconut, canola oil, extra virgin olive oil
MILKS: coconut, almond, hemp, rice

safe breakfasts include:
 - quinoa
- erewhon crispy brown rice cereal (the one and only safe boxed cereal i found at whole foods)
- nut & seed granola, recipe here (i substituted in brown rice flour and honey. i also added walnuts and whole flaxseeds. note for next batch to ground the flax seeds and to eliminate Trader Joe's raw pumpkin seeds)
- pancakes (not as simple as I was hoping for, but the best ones so far)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

the elimination diet

Notes: the following posts are to update family with the changes in my little one's diet and have the information accessible. To others, who have worked with their little one's or themselves in determining food allergies and intolerances, please feel free to share your story, tips, recipes and links to helpful sites.

we have eliminated the following from my little one's diet:
dairy (intolerance)
eggs (intolerance)
beef (intolerance)
goat's milk (intolerance)
white potatoes
food dyes

milk (rice, almond)
coconut milk (yogurt, ice cream)
sweet potatoes
rice, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat
beans, lentils
almond butter, sunflower seed butter


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