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

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

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