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Sensory Processing Disorder basics

It’s not uncommon for children who are on the autism spectrum to also have Sensory Processing Disorder. SheKnows has several helpful articles for parents of children with SPD, from how to recognize the symptoms to talking to your child’s pediatrician and beyond.

Sensory Processing Disorder, also known as SPD — maybe you’ve heard the term, but you’re not too familiar with the disorder. Or perhaps your child has a diagnosis, and you’re beginning to sort through the information, doing your best to understand it so you can be an advocate for your child.

Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition in which sensory signals aren’t organized into appropriate responses. Because children with autism can also have SPD, as part of our focus on National Autism Awareness Month, we recommend the following articles about Sensory Processing Disorder.

The symptoms of SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder can cause a huge variety of symptoms in children. Those symptoms vary in severity. So how do you know what to look for when it comes to your child’s behavior? Learn to recognize key symptoms and behaviors associated with Sensory Processing Disorder so you can quickly act on any red flags you notice.

Get help for your child with SPD

Trust your instincts. If you’ve noticed your child displaying symptoms and behaviors associated with SPD, learn how to talk to your pediatrician about Sensory Processing Disorder so your child can undergo an evaluation by an occupational therapist.

Occupational therapy for SPD

Children learn and develop through play. A child’s job is to have fun and develop basic self care, motor and developmental skills. Occupational therapy is a fun, family-oriented way to treat kids with Sensory Processing Disorder. Regardless of the severity and specifics of a child’s sensory issues, OT helps kids learn to function better at school and at home. Learn how to get started with Occupational therapy for Sensory Processing Disorder.

Dealing with SPD at home

Sensory Processing Disorder can be overwhelming for parents. When a child has extreme meltdowns and problems with daily tasks, it’s hard to know where to start. The good news is, you have the power help. Many Sensory Processing Disorder treatments can be done at home, and parents and caregivers are the best resources for guiding children toward improvement.

Books for parents of children with SPD

With the help of experts like occupational therapists and pediatric neurologists, parents and caregivers can begin to understand the sometimes puzzling spectrum of Sensory Processing Disorder. These four must-have books about Sensory Processing Disorder give parents and teachers insight into kids with SPD and offer solutions for therapies and games to try at home.

The sensory diet for SPD

Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder benefit from structured activities that promote sensory integration throughout the day. You don’t need to be a professional to create opportunities for therapeutic play for your child. Develop a fun repertoire of activities to calm, focus and organize your child. This so-called sensory diet for Sensory Processing Disorder will help your child with everyday tasks and sensory modulation.

SPD at school

Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder are often labeled as having disruptive behavior, problems with social skills and difficulties learning. Without intervention, these children may slip through the cracks, performing poorly at school and suffering from depression and anxiety. Learn how to help your child with Sensory Processing Disorder at school, and give her the tools for success.

SPD meltdowns

When kids with Sensory Processing Disorder become over-stimulated, the resulting meltdowns can be terrifying for everyone involved. Learn to prevent, anticipate and cool down from overwhelming Sensory Processing Disorder meltdowns.

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Travel and SPD

Whether it’s your child’s first time traveling or she’s a seasoned pro, SPD symptoms can sneak up and derail her fun. Discover great travel tips for kids with Sensory Processing Disorder.

Gifts for children with SPD

Wondering what to buy for a child with Sensory Processing Disorder? Don’t stress out. Kids with sensory issues love toys that stimulate without being over-stimulating. Try one of these gift ideas for children with Sensory Processing Disorder.

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