Scarlett’s current diagnosis is global developmental delay, language and communication disorder and she also has sensory processing needs. These conditions started when she was just a few months old when she would thrust her entire body up and down in her bouncy chair as a repetitive action. She still does this action at five years old.
“She still does this when she is tired more notably after school. I think it grounds and relaxes her. However, it doesn’t look very appropriate and is creating negative responses from others” said Charlotte, Scarlett’s mother.
Scarlett’s conditions also lead her to seek pressure at night and she prefers to wear a pair of tights to bed and trap her arms in them. She also likes to wrap herself up in things and can be creative about doing this. For instance, she has previously used piles of cushions to place on top of her and has also rolled herself up in the lounge rug. She is also hypotonic and shows no fear with activities such as climbing but does require bike stabilisers as her balance can be affected and she can tire very easily.
Holly is a DMO® Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and met with Scarlett and her family. She said:
“Whilst assessing Scarlett I did notice that she had global mild hypotonia. As she presented with purely sensory needs, I prescribed her a standard suit with standard reinforcements to try and manage the physical symptoms her family was describing. She was really good, a very sweet girl.”
Scarlett started wearing her suit most week days after school for approximately 10 – 35 minutes. Scarlett’s family were keen to establish the suit as part of an after-school routine and to help reduce sensory seeking behaviour, recurrent meltdowns and periods of fidgeting and distress.
“Scarlett required encouragement to put the suit on a lot of the time however did request her suit on three occasions and once it was on, she kept it on and then required encouragement to take it off!” said Charlotte.
The DMO® Suit is designed to align the shoulders, torso and hips. It improves symmetry and assists stabilisation of the trunk and spine. The DMO® Suit gives a non-restrictive and highly effective level of support to maximise postural stability. The DMO® Suit also aids distal control and positively influences muscle tone to enhance function
Upon wearing the suit for nearly a three-month period Charlotte noticed and observed several differences in Scarlett and in her behaviour.
“Scarlett likes the attention she gained from suit wearing and sat a lot calmer on her iPad. She would also lay calmer on the sofa and wouldn’t fidget or thrust. Sometimes she calmed so much when the suit was on that as a family we could go out when previously this was not possible due to her behaviours. It’s been a miracle; the suit has given her another way of coping. Immediately upon wearing the suit Scarlett calmed and became more self-aware and her distressed and sensory seeking have become more manageable” said Charlotte.
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