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Is Parenting a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder Different?

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If my child has SPD, how do I know what are behavioral problems and what are sensory issues?

This is a perplexing and challenging question, and not just for parents. Educators in schools, grandparents, and even some therapists struggle with this issue. It seems so often to have two polar opposite reactions:

One: the reaction built on unawareness or lack of acceptance of SPD being a real, physiological diagnosis, which results in the conclusion that the child misbehaves because the parents have no control or

Testimonies of High Functioning Autistics

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October is Sensory Awareness Month. People who have sensory processing disorders experience life in a different way. Many aspects of life are impacted by the individuals inability to integrate sensory sensations that others may not even notice. People with sensory processing dysfunction, not just specifically those who are diagnosed with autism, find it difficult to socialize, communicate, go to school, complete daily routines, and have close, intimate relationships.

Quick Fix or Doing it the Right Way?

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As educators and therapists, it is vital to help parents and cohorts to understand the impact learning environments and programs have on today’s students.  Implementing the correct treatment methods in the correct environment and knowing the difference between them is a step in the right direction. Treatment protocols for struggling students are not a one-size fit all; and educational and therapeutic settings should not be a “one stop shop” to receive services to treat all children using the same protocol.  Unfortunately, this happens.

October is National Sensory Awareness Month

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     October is National Sensory Awareness Month.  Many people struggle with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). In fact, the rigorous recent research findings indicate that 1 in 5 people have this disorder. For many families, this diagnosis goes undiagnosed or unrecognized due to lack of awareness and acceptance that the diagnosis is real and not just the results of bad parenting or misbehaved children.

Breakthrough News for Sensory Processing Disorder

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The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation has just released an article telling of new research that has shown a biological difference in brain structure for children with SPD. This tells us that SPD can be differentiated from other diagnoses such as autism and ADHD.  Five to sixteen percent of children are affected by SPD. That is one in every classroom!





Going Beyond the Boxed Therapist

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I have had many opportunities within my career as an occupational therapist to try many things. Working in many settings from a private outpatient clinic in which I worked with adults and pediatrics, doing hippo and aquatic therapy to home health and a little hospital work, but I have found my passion to be in the educational setting. Always knowing, that pediatrics was where my heart's desire was, I am blessed to have been positioned by God to be in a working environment where I can be both educator and occupational therapist.

News from Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

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What might this mean for the Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) community? We view this as a positive step forward to more dialogue about sensation as a potential dimension in the RDoC. The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation will be collaborating with colleagues in the SPD Scientific Work Group to determine how to continue our mission to have SPD recognized as a legitimate condition.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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God’s presence, the student’s excitement, the parent’s anticipation of the night’s events were a few things that filled the atmosphere of All Children’s Academy’s performance of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, performed this past Friday night. Having been in the throws of making preparations for the night’s events for a few months now, it wasn’t until the day after that I truly got to reflect on the awesome wonders that occurred.

What To Look For In Finding a Therapist to Treat Sensory Processing Disorder

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Evaluating SPD

Evaluation of the child with suspected SPD requires an extensive look at the whole child and his/her behaviors and how the behaviors impact the roles of the child in everyday functioning. Standardized tests help to identify specific areas of sensory dysfunction, while clinical observations and family/child interview help to link evaluation findings to how the identified areas of dysfunction are affecting the child’s functioning day to day. 

When Life Isn't Always What You Expect

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“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to?