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Sensory Processing Disorder: Every family has a story

Maria Mora is a freelance writer and single mom fueled by coffee, questionable time management skills, toaster oven waffles and the color orange. She lives in Florida with her two young sons. If you see her on Twitter, tell her to stop p...

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.

Chance, 7

Mary blogs at The Weirdgirl. Chance with his headphones on

The biggest difference, hands down, that Sensory Processing Disorder has made in our family is opening up our awareness of how much environment can affect people. Not just kids with special needs, but anyone can be affected. It changes your perspective and your approach, and my reaction to our son's diagnosis was to be very open about SPD. My husband and I will talk about it with school officials, other parents, and strangers.

The part that I find amazing is that, while there are still people who feel my son is 'weird' or 'out of control', there are a lot more who come up to us at amusement parks or fairs and ask, "Where did you get those headphones? Do they help? My child doesn't like loud sounds either!" There have been lots of times where I've written out notes and websites for strangers so maybe they can help their child or family member.

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