I am worried that Summy has anxiety at the least, and OCD at the most. He's developed a new thing: constantly wanting to wash his hands. It seems to be triggered most by him becoming anxious. Shaving cream, paint, and messy food exacerbate it. Today at therapy, he painted with Cake. (our OT) He seemed to be doing great, but by the time we got to the car, the meltdown began. Some nights at dinner he'll ask to wash his hands repeatedly. In this time of h1n1, I'm not sad he likes to wash his hands, but I am petrified when as soon as he dries them off, he asks to wash again. He is insistent. I am afraid.
Perhaps it is anxiety. I can tell you I have a lot of anxiety about it. Anyone out there in SPD-land, or general parenting-land have any insight or stories/thoughts to share?
I talked a little to our OT today about going gluten/casein free, probiotics, yeast kill-off, and other dietary things I have been tossing around in the last few weeks. I'm not going to lie, I am overwhelmed. We're getting ready to start the boys back on their listening therapy routine. I read a lot on my lists about people who swear by it. I discussed seeing a DAN doctor with my OT. I am honestly not sure I can actually do it. I feel pulled to the limits right now, I cannot imagine more. But I am scared I am not doing enough.
I'd love to hear your thoughts!