Meet Mason, he turned 6 last just last Sunday. He was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder at 18 months old. I knew there was something going on with him from the first day he was born. He never slept, wouldn't eat properly, and never stopped moving. fought with people and doctors for a full year until I finally called the state programs and had him evaluated myself.
Last summer, right before he started kindergarten, I had him re-evaluated for anything else. I always knew that there was something else going on besides the SPD. He was always the kid getting in trouble of getting hurt or is all over the other kids and teachers. He was found to have major ADHA, Pervasive Developmental Disorder or PDD with Autistic Traits.
But on the other side of him, he is excelling in math, music, and anything creative or artistic. He is brilliant and we put him in a kindergarden/first grade class in public school because he was so bored with his work the year before. He is so very artistic. He comes home from school and spends the next hour or two doing crafts or creating. He has an inventors mind and is always finding ways to repurpose everything.
He does have anxiety issues also that does complicate his life. He gets hyper-focused on just about anything. Mason started medication just before the school year started and have had great success with it. It was a way for mason to feel much more in control of himself and his mind. It does cause anorexia and he is a tall kiddo so we are in the process of trying to get more food in him.