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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.

AJ on a bench

AJ, 9

Marcie Pickelsimer is currently a SAHM to two boys. AJ (9) was adopted from Russia in 2005 and Gus (4) was adopted from Guatemala in 2008.

AJ is labeled as a hyper- and hypo-sensitive child and this causes great confusion for everyone because one never knows what causes him to be overstimulated or understimulated. Because of this our family plans for everything. We bring headphones and his bear hug vest to outings, make sure he has his comfort items (fidgets), plan for soft, chewy, and crunchy foods at all meals, use weighted blankets at night, sign him up for heavy work activities like swimming and bowling, and make sure his IEP and teachers are on track all the time. SPD is all consuming for our family and our child and because of our son's multiple special needs it always will be all consuming. But, because of his needs I will be a better mom and better teacher.

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