Frustrated as we’ve been, everything in Karen’s profile of challenges is finally starting to come together. We are truly blessed by an intelligent and caring school psychologist. She called me today to get some background before our follow up meeting at school to determine what’s working and what’s not.

It all goes back to a series of posts I wrote about Sensory Integration Disorder. Karen is hypersensitive to noise and touch. Being packed into a small classroom with 35 other noisy first graders is bound to stress her under the best of circumstances.

The school psychologist asked me some background info, and among other things, asked if I had ever heard of Sensory Integration. I couldn’t believe she was asking me about this. It was almost a year and a half ago when I began exploring this issue. I explained that she had been through a short work up with an occupational therapist who recommended treatment. Unfortunately we weren’t able to follow up with her on the treatment recommendation because the clinic refused to treat Karen since she didn’t meet the standards of having additional delays. I considered finding a private occupational therapist, but around that time, Karen had some improvement in behavior and sensitivity to clothing so I sort of dropped the ball since Matan was swallowing up so much of time with speech and occupational therapy. We also felt pretty well covered since Karen was already under the care of a psychologist whom we trusted to help Karen deal with the emotional side of things.

So imagine my surprise when the school psychologist tells me that Karen’s Sensory Integration issues could help explain 90% of the problems at school! I need some time to digest.