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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Isaac, 8

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At Isaac's third birthday party, he refused to eat the cake, screamed at the sight of the candles, and burst into tears and hid in his room for an hour because my in-laws insisted on singing "Happy Birthday" even though I'd warned them not to. After the guests left I hid in my own room and cried, wondering if my son would ever enjoy parties, or spontaneous singing, or even just cake.

A few weeks ago we celebrated Isaac's eighth birthday by taking him to a bouncy playground, where he spent an hour jumping and screaming with an entire class of third graders plus the kids who live next door. He laughed when his friends mixed up the birthday song on purpose. He blew out the candles he'd picked out himself (although he was disappointed that I wouldn't let him get the trick kind). And then he inhaled his birthday cupcakes. Just like any other kid.

Isaac shares:

When I was little, I used to have a hard time writing. I like how I improved at school with help from my OTs. I am learning cursive now. I also have learned a typing program called Type To Learn. (I used my skills from the program to type this.) I want to be a scientist when I grow up, and I might one day use these communication skills to tell people about studies I am doing and theories I have.

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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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