Sensory Processing Disorder vs Autism – Differences and Similarities

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are two neurological conditions that affect the way individuals perceive and process sensory information. While these conditions share some similarities, they are distinct disorders with different diagnostic criteria, symptoms, and treatments.¬† In this comprehensive article, we will explore the differences and overlaps between SPD and ASD, … Read more

Findings From the SPD Scientific Work Group

What is the prevalence of SPD? What are the risk factors for SPD? Is SPD a unique disorder, independent of other mental disorders? Do symptoms of SPD persist if untreated? Are there symptoms/challenges that individuals with SPD face, in addition to sensory challenges? What physiologic evidence differentiates individuals with SPD from other conditions? What is … Read more

How to Search the Treatment Directory

The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation Treatment Directory is a one-of-a-kind online guide to services created to help individuals and families find health care, education, and community service providers experienced in working with those who have SPD and other special needs. Service providers located worldwide are listed, including physicians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, educators, … Read more

Listening and Other Therapies for SPD

Listening therapy (LT) Listening therapy (LT) is a therapeutic program to improve the neurophysiological foundation for integrating sensory input by using specific sound frequencies and patterns to stimulate the brain. Like occupational therapy, LT is based on the theory of neuroplasticity, which refers to brain changes that occur as a result of experience. In the … Read more

Subtypes of SPD

As the field of sensory integration (SI) has matured and researchers have learned more about this condition, many people have realized that it is time to clarify the terminology. Although occupational therapists (OTs) usually understand one another when using the term “sensory integration dysfunction” (sometimes abbreviated DSI), physicians and other health professionals without familiarity with … Read more