Meet Real Kids With SPD

Some studies estimate that Sensory Processing Disorder affects at least one in every 20 kids, and potentially as many as one in every six. Meet real kids and learn how SPD has affected their lives and their families.

Simon, 6

SimonMaria Mora is a blogger, author and mom to two boys.

When Simon turned 3, he spent the party under a table, crying. That year he had so many meltdowns I felt like we were both losing our minds. The strangest things upset him. He hated water on his face, had to take tepid baths, screamed over certain textures, went absolutely bonkers in crowded rooms. He was shy and clumsy on playground equipment and struggled to throw and catch.

I felt so sick and sad for him, seeing my sweet little toddler seem to feel real physical pain from stimuli I couldn't understand. It wasn't until he was 4 that I discovered SPD and asked his pediatrician about it. Within a few weeks, he was evaluated and found to have severe sensory dysfunction. Through lots of occupational therapy (OT), he's become a different child. Now, at 6, he can cover his ears when he's upset. Sometimes (not always) he tries new things. If you're at the beginning of this journey, know that it does get better. There's a lot of help out there and as you play around with various therapies you'll figure out what works for your child. You might not always approach family activities in a totally carefree way, but it will get so, so much better.

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Comments on "Sensory Processing Disorder: Every family has a story"

Kathryn June 26, 2012 | 12:08 PM

I have SPD, certin textures mosly in clothing(i cant wear jeans or anything tight), crowded rooms and loud noises set me off.Also I love fidigiting with stuff and crave sentation in my mouth.I never go anywhere without my noise reduction headphones,fidgits and chewbles.

Tammy June 25, 2012 | 9:52 PM

Thank you all so very much for sharing, I sat here and read story after story and had to share with my husband, who after the 1st couple stories, said that's exactly like our son. We have been getting some behavioral help for awhile, but our pediatrician doesn't seem to think he needs OT, and it can be overwhelming at times. We just LOVE our boy who is kind, Loving, smart, a wonderful friend, but doesn't understand gentle, or personal space. God bless you all and thanks again.

Gabbie g June 25, 2012 | 5:17 PM

He reminds me of Allen, my 5 year old son, he also has SPD (moderate now) it was severe but therapies, lots of love & me putting myself in his place have helped him. Thank you sor sharing

Christina June 25, 2012 | 5:15 PM

I agree! It's so nice to know you're not alone when going through something with someone so close to your heart.

Laura June 25, 2012 | 11:03 AM

Great stories and great kids! SPD affects a lot of families and it's nice that it's becoming more of an "open" topic. It had a huge impact on my son's life and our family's life and I know some people often just thought we were "strange." Thanks to all of these parents for sharing their amazing kids and inspiring stories with us.

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