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I read it, saved it, and forwarded it to a few people, and posted it in a forum. I'm not sure how much I like the tone of the article, though. On the one hand it seems to portray us as overwrought hacks latching on to another trend ... on the other hand, it gives some surface info. It seems to me that the reporter himself is a skeptic and chose some examples of SPD behavior that many may find hard to accept as a disorder. Maybe it was just my reading of it. My toddler also has developmental and speech delays, so her behavior is probably made worse by those difficulties. My 8yo is pretty obvious in those examples, but she's not the one receiving therapy. As for researchers saying that certain therapies have not shown evidence of being effective, I beg to differ. Rubbing my toddler's feet, gentle squeezes on her arms and legs, "pushies" on her face and back - all help calm and soothe her. So do swinging her, lifting her, movement, bouncing, and her lifting, pulling and pushing chairs, boxes, and other heavy objects. Same with my 8yo - movement, swinging, "pushies & squeezies", having a chewy (aquarium tubing), and similar practices help her also. I like that at the end it comes back to parents knowing their own kids, but I wish the parental emphasis had been greater. And while I understand that recognition and validation could cause tons of diagnoses of ADHD and other disorders to be re-examined and possibly tossed altogether (in some cases, including my 8yo), and that this could cause an enormous amount of work, re-assessment, re-evaluation, and new treatments, therapies, and vocabulary to emerge .... it's still what is best for the kids, and that's the ultimate goal -- right? But, while I have mixed feelings about the article, I guess that any publicity and focus on SPD is better than the silence that usually envelops what our children live with. At least it's raising awareness of some kind, circulating info, and hopefully will get people talking. Thanks for posting the article - I'm now circulating the article and talking to others about it. Kim in NE Philly, SPD Parent S.H.A.R.E.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2007 on NYT article about SPD at Spinning Yellow
Hi Lori, I can't run because of my knees and spine, but I've started doing strength training with resistance bands, calisthenics, and low-impact walking when the weather cooperates. I've also made some diet changes and am trying to drink more water. Doing this for myself because I've also been doing the whole be-yotch routine (I like that, can I use it also?) from aching and exhaustion ... but it's an age thing for me as well. I'll be turning 35 soon and I'm getting a major "attitude" with it - like with all the stuff I do for other people, this is something I'm doing for myself !!!! But it helps me take care of my kids better if I'm not so tired and feeling achy and rundown all the time. I tried getting up at 5:30 a.m. to workout first thing in the morning, but the exhaustion and sudden movement had me dragging the rest of the day ... now I do things a little more gently and try walking in the evening with the dog - it goes better then (I still get up around 5:30, but for coffee before 6 a.m.) :-) Keep it up and let it be a little bit of pampering for yourself in the midst of all the caretaking and advocating that you do for your kids and for others :-) Kim in NE Philly, SPD Parent S.H.A.R.E.
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2007 on I Am Still Running at Spinning Yellow