Ten Fundamental Facts About SPD

When extended family, teachers, neighbors, other parents, and service providers ask you what Sensory Processing Disorder is, the following are research-supported statements you can make. Sensory Processing Disorder is a complex disorder of the brain that affects developing children and adults. Parent surveys, clinical assessments, and laboratory protocols exist to identify children with SPD. At … Read more

Occupational Therapy for Children and Adults

Occupational therapy for children Occupational therapy (OT) for SPD in children is fun! During sensory-based OT sessions, the therapist and your child interact in a sensory-rich environment with lots of swinging, spinning, tactile, visual, auditory, and taste opportunities that seem to a child more like a giant playground than a therapy center. Sessions are subtly structured … Read more

SPD And Other Disorders

When two disorders co-exist in one person, the phenomenon is known as “comorbidity.” The SPD Foundation has sponsored and conducted a number of studies into the comorbidity of SPD with other common childhood disorders such as ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders including Asperger’s, Fragile X Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome, and other diagnoses. SPD and ADHD SPD and … Read more

The Diagnostic Process of SPD

Although not yet recognized in the DSM-V, Sensory Processing Disorder can be identified and categorized by an occupational therapist with advanced training in sensory processing and integration.  Of primary importance is linking sensory impairments to challenges in functioning at home or school. Identification usually begins with screening, which is basically a professional’s search for red … Read more

Red Flags of Sensory Processing Disorder

Infants and toddlers Problems eating or sleeping Refuses to go to anyone but me Irritable when being dressed; uncomfortable in clothes Rarely plays with toys Resists cuddling, arches away when held Cannot calm self Floppy or stiff body, motor delays Pre-schoolers Over-sensitive to touch, noises, smells, other people Difficulty making friends Difficulty dressing, eating, sleeping, … Read more