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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Jack, 9

Jack with JeanJean is the mother of three neurodiverse kids, ages 7 to 10. She writes about parenting and autism and the intersection of the two in several places, including her personal blog, Stimeyland.

Jack is autistic and has a fair amount of sensory needs mixed in with his autism. He is a sensory seeker, which tends to be a problem for me as his mother because I have a bunch of sensory issues as well, but I am a sensory avoider. Our needs tend to butt up against each other on a regular basis. Jack first stuck out for his sensory needs in his 2-year-old preschool class where his teacher would have to basically wash his hair every day because he would smear paint all up and down his arms and all over his head.

He loves anything squishy or manipulative and can spin and spin until everyone in the room but him is dizzy. While some noises and situations are overwhelming for him, he tends to do best with a lot of sensory input and frequent movement breaks. One of the great things about Jack is that if you just give him something texturally interesting (like, you know, dirt), he can spend hours happily exploring it. He's a cool kiddo.

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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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