Back when Lexi was 3 years old, I started to notice that some things was harder for her than most children her age. As far as development with age goes, she was on key. But, she started to really have trouble with a lot of her clothing, she was very shy, very sensitive to smells, lights, sounds and such.
In the mean time, we had another child. Beautiful little boy! She didn’t seem to be jealous. As all of these things started happening before her brother arrived.
I brought this to the attention of her pediatrician, whom said “I think she’s fine”. Me being a new mother, I trusted her. As time started to pass and things wasn’t changing, sometimes they felt as though it was getting harder and more and more was happening. She started kindergarten. And I requested a referral or testing. Her pediatrician wouldn’t listen to me. She kept shoving it aside saying it was all normal for a child her age.
Fast foward to 2nd grade. It was all getting harder. It was very labor ing to get her motivated in the mornings. Going to school for her was a battle. I felt so sorry for her. Facility started to notice.
In the 3rd and 4th grade the school counselor started a reward program for her to come to school. It worked for a few weeks but was never really successful. She suggested some testing and spoke to her pediatrician.
Finally… Someone was listening and seeing it also.
To make a long story short. We ended up testing for tactile defensiveness and they ruled that out. We started seeing a psychiatrist and going to family guidance for play therapy and none of this was helping. They referred her to a different psychiatrist.
Him and I did not see eye to eye. He had missed diagnosed her with ADHD and prescribed her medication which made her very ill. He then told us that she would need to find a new doctor because he was going to be moving his practice. Which honestly was a huge relief.
Enter another sibling. A beautiful little sister.
The next doctor was able to break it down a little bit more. We was told that she had obsessive compulsive disorder,separation anxiety, and slight depression. He prescribed her medication. The medication helped but due to her bad experience with medication I wasn’t able to get her to take it every day.
Fast forward again we went from public school to homeschooling. Then back to public school for two years. Which was hell! So back to homeschooling.
Presently, two doctors and two therapist later we have been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder, Agoura phobia, school refusal/anxiety, and depression.
We are currently withdrawing her from school per her doctor. And testing her IQ. Because she is very intelligent. And The doctors are thinking that she is on the spectrum. And she is currently taking her medication. 🙂
She is beautiful inside and out! My children are my world.