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Celebrating National Sensory Awareness Month! How do I get a referral for services for my child if I suspect SPD?

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How do I get a referral for services for my child if I suspect SPD? Finding services and the right kind of help for your child with SPD can be very overwhelming, time consuming, and frustrating. Some parents are met with the initial roadblock of teachers, psychologists, and physicians not recognizing SPD and its impact on the child’s school and home life.  It may take months or even years to convince health professionals that there is something going on with your child.

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

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What is sensory processing disorder and how do I know if my child has it?  According to the SPD Foundation, sensory processing (sometimes called "sensory integration" or SI) is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Whether you are biting into a hamburger, riding a bicycle, or reading a book, your successful completion of the activity requires processing sensation or "sensory integration."

 

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

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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

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.

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