Q: We are in the midst of desperately trying to address our daughter’s sensory issues. Lia came home at almost 7 months from Vietnam and went from not being able to sit up on her own to walking by 8.5 months. She is very bright, but we have wrestled with a very active, non-sleeping, sensory seeker since our days in Vietnam. Early Intervention clinicians found her ineligible for Early Intervention services but recommended an Occupational Therapy Evaluation because of sensory issues. We now will have to fight with our Health Insurance provider who approved the OT evaluation, but will not authorize the recommended treatment (OT). We own all the recommended books on Sensory Processing Disorders including The Out of Sync Child. How do we access services for our daughter? We cannot afford to pay out of pocket for OT as one of us has already had to give up income to stay home. Any words of advice will be greatly appreciated.
A: We have two Creating a Family shows that would be very helpful for you. You can listen on your phone, tablet, iPod, or computer.
- Sensory Processing Disorders, an interview with Carol Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder
- Raising Your Spirited Child, an interview with Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of Raising Your Spirited Child: A Guide for Parents Whose Child Is More Intense, Sensitive, Perceptive, Persistent, and Energetic.
First, I would take the information from the OT evaluation back to your county/state Early Intervention program and ask for a reconsideration of getting services. Second, I would fight your insurance company arguing that SPD is a neurological problem, not a developmental problem, assuming neurological problems are covered by your insurance policy. If you lose on both of these, can you afford one visit to an Occupational Therapist to get help in setting up a program that you can implement at home? The suggested therapies, especially for preschoolers, can relatively easily be incorporated into play, but it helps to be more intentional with time and specific activities. If possible, go back to the OT every few months to see how you are doing.Image credit: Pinstamatic