Information for Parents and Their SPD Kiddos
As a Mom with two children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), I was initially exhausted by trying to keep up with the latest information out there. Rather than having to scour the Internet for the latest articles and research, I wanted to create one communal page to post links to research information, news coverage, etc. So I started a simple Facebook page which has exploded into a full website resource for parents with SPD kiddos.
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Sensory Processing Disorder can exist on its own (both my boys have SPD) but is often accompanied by another disorder or learning disability — most commonly Aspergers and Autism. And while children with Aspergers and Autism often fall on the sensory spectrum, kids with SPD don’t necessarily have Aspergers or Autism.
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I am 43 years old. I have autism, and SPD. As an adult, i have learned ways to cope, but how i wish i had been diagnosed as a child! I think about how I felt as a kid, people calling me fussy, and weird, and how hard is was for me to do things that seemed so easy for everyone else. I remember having an internal meltdown when i was 8 because I forgot my gym shoes and the teacher made me wear someone else’s! That was HORRIBLE. As an adult, I can deal much better because I understand my brain. There are a lot of positive things about having autism, but sometimes my SPD can be difficult. Sometimes wearing pants bothers me (the feel of material against my legs) and I look forward to the end of the day when I can take them off. Crowds, loud noises, certain foods, even the feel of my fingernails if they get too long, can really set me off.
I think it is great that these kids are being diagnosed and given the tools they need, and I am super happy that parents have the resources available.
Thanks for sharing, Michelle. And welcome to The Sensory Spectrum. I look forward to hearing your voice more here and on our FB page 🙂
My son has not been diagnosed with SPD. but I think he has it. What are some things to look for?
I recommend you read this article…. http://www.thejennyevolution.com/signs-of-sensory-processing-disorder/