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.

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Vista in the snow

Vista, 5

Jenn is a mom who writes about her opinions and experiences raising her special needs daughter on her blog, Princess Prose.

Vista is 5 years old and has SPD in addition to epilepsy and midline brain defects. She has an aide with her at school to help her cope with some of the challenges due to SPD that arise in her preschool class. Noise from crowds can be very stressful, which can be challenging when going on outings. We’ve learned to visit places in down hours, like going to a restaurant before the dinner rush begins. It’s taken many years, but we’ve become much more aware of the warning signs that she’s starting to get overwhelmed from her SPD, so we can either avoid situations or mitigate the effects where possible. There are also many tools that we use to help her deal with situations we can’t avoid, like headphones to muffle noise, backpack leashes to keep her with us when holding hands might be too much sensory input, and exercises that help provide positive sensory input.

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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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