I am doing research for my cousin and her son who is 15 months old. I am trying to rule out the possibility of him having some disabilities. What are the signs for sensory integration disorder? He does not have good control of his head, doesn't talk, walk and does not have any balance. He can hold his drinks, crawl... Hope to hear from you.
How wonderful that you are checking into this for your cousin! If I am understanding correctly, it sounds like your cousin's 15-month-old is not yet walking or talking and has difficulty with balance, but is able to crawl and hold a cup. Is this correct?
You requested information on SID or Sensory Integration Disorder. Here are some of the symptoms of SID:
- Over or under reactive to touch, taste, movement, sounds, light, etc.
- Easily distracted
- Social and/or emotional problems
- High or low activity level
- Impulsive/lacking self-control
- Difficulties with transitions
- Inability to calm self
- Delays in speech, motor skills
- Poor self-concept
- Delays in academic achievement
(Source: Sensory Integration International)
Whenever I get questions or request from readers, I try to answer them as if I were in that person's shoes knowing what I know. Having said that, if I were in your cousin's shoes, I would discuss my concerns with his pediatrician. If the pediatrician said not to worry but I was still concerned (which unfortunately happens occasionally), I would contact my local early intervention agency and request a developmental assessment.
Given the limited amount of developmental information you have shared regarding your cousin's child, it is hard to say where he is developmentally. If you or your cousin want more information on her child's current level of functioning, you can check out this developmental checklist from www.sensory-processing-disorder.com
As an Early Childhood Interventionist, I truly believe it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to possible developmental delays. An assessment by an early intervention team can adequately determine if her child has any developmental delays. It could be that he is just fine and wouldn't it be great for her to hear this if this is the case! Worst case scenario would be that he does have some delays, however, wouldn't it be better to know and get the necessary services to help him catch up?
Either way, I hope that I have answered your question. Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions and thanks for being a Mentor Mom reader!