So my nearly 8 year old DD has been complaining of headaches 3-5 times per week for the last several months. We've been making sure she's very hydrated. The pediatrician order a CT scan, which came back normal. She gave us a referral to the headache clinic at Cincinnati Children's, but we can't get in until the end of March. The pediatrician said that she could also recommend a neurologist who could probably see her sooner. I told her that I don't really think the headaches are a true neurological problem, but rather stem from DD's poor sleep habits and anxiety. The headache clinic has both a neurologist and a behavioralist that see the child, so I told her I'd like to wait for that.
We started talking about DD's issues. DD is a horrible sleeper and has been since birth. She has a hard time falling asleep because, in her words, she's "thinking thoughts." Some times they are bad (like when she was embarrassed because she thought her teacher laughed at her picture (which she did not)) or good (excitement about random small activities that will be happening the next day). She also wakes up at least once per night about 4xs per week.
She also has a fair amount of anxiety. She is quite smart and gets high marks, but struggles with high pressure situations - timed tests, in particular. She is highly distractible. She tends to either rush through work, resulting in skipped problems, clerical errors, and/or really sloppy handwriting. Or she takes a really long time on her work because she's paying attention to other things or complaining that she doesn't want to do the work. Her teacher last year also told me that DD was afraid to ask her about the assignment if she didn't understand something, despite encouragement to do so.
DD largely stays out of trouble because she is terrified of being in trouble. In the rare occasions that she gets a time out, she has a complete emotional breakdown. Not a tantrum, but just crying and sadness.
For what it's worth, DD has some rare skin and hair issues (we know of one other case in the US). I don't think that it's related to her anxiety issues, but really, who knows? Her condition is so rare that there's not much known about it.
Anyway, the pediatrician suggested OT for DD to help her cope with her anxiety (which, will also hopefully help with her sleep, as well). I've often thought of OT as more as a fine motor therapy or for kids with real sensory issues (I do think DD does have some sensory issues, but not enough to label her with SPD). I'm fine with trying it because I'd love to treat these headaches (and anxiety) without the use of medicine or invasive procedures. But I'm just wondering if anyone else has had any luck with OT in a similar situation or has an insight before we head down this path.
I appreciate any thoughts on this matter. Thanks.
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