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Sensory Processing Disorder

An Open Letter To Parents Of Well-Behaved Children

Jillian Lauren | Posted 08.12.2016 | Parents
Jillian Lauren

I had so many judgments about parenting... before I was a parent. More specifically, before I was a parent to two kids with special needs. I was sure I knew the magic formula to raising creative, inquisitive, polite, humble children -- full of curiosity and bursting with energy for seasonal crafting projects. I was kind of an ass. A well-intentioned ass.

Dear Family Whisperer: Our Baby Screams When My Husband Touches Her

Melinda Blau | Posted 07.28.2016 | Parents
Melinda Blau

To be honest, I first thought I'd send you a short private response by email, saying, "Please seek professional help." I stand by that advice. Certainly, not having any details -- and being journalist, not a doctor -- my answer would naturally be measured and limited. But I can help you see your predicament through a family lens.

My Boy's Escape From Depression (And My New Love For Hyperactivity)

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 07.13.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

I've become a different mom by witnessing the mystery, complexity and seismic hope in my child's future. I've felt how my strength and my belief in my child helps provide fuel for his flourishing.

Not Everyone Is Okay Even When They Say They Are

Rubiena Duarte | Posted 04.06.2016 | Parents
Rubiena Duarte

Sometimes being a Supermom means we have to look out for those other Supermoms as well. Letting each other know we are not alone and sometimes taking an extra 10 seconds to really find out if someone is okay or not could make a world of difference.

New Understanding and Hope for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Based in Brain and Movement Sciences

Anat Baniel | Posted 04.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Anat Baniel

When we create conditions that help the child's brain perceive differences better, the brain gets new information with which the child can then make sense of herself, of her experiences, and of the world around her. When you do this, you are connecting with your child. She begins to get out of her fog and can begin to connect more with you.

How I Explained Sensory Processing Disorder to My 4-Year-Old

Melissa Cote | Posted 03.10.2016 | Parents
Melissa Cote

Zoey is 3 years old, she's diagnosed with autism, global delay, ADHD, dyspraxia of speech, and severe sensory processing disorder. That is hard enough for me to understand, never mind the idea of my 4 year old understanding it.

(Don't!) Stop Being So Sensitive

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 02.25.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

Today, my sensitivity isn't a hindrance, it's my guide: I write daily poetry on twitter, I paint, and I share my candid perspective in essays like this one and in my upcoming novel. I work with the homeless when I can, connect with other moms of special needs children, and spend a lot of time trying to parent from my gut. Sensitivity is a heavy burden -- because it's made of gold.

5 Things You Must Know About Dating Someone With Sensory Processing Disorder

Taylor Butch | Posted 02.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Taylor Butch

Imagine dating someone who has these sensory overload experiences known as Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). I'd like to offer some dating advice for those who are involved with such a special, magical person.

Our (Severely Depressed) Child Was Left Behind

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

For the last four months, my son has been severely depressed, buried in a down comforter desiring only to attach to a computer or snuggle with a pillow. I've feared losing him. He's rarely been willing to leave the house or often his room.

How Our Holidays Have Changed Since My Son's Autism Diagnosis

Shawna Wingert | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Shawna Wingert

It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. And yet for many years, in our family, it was one of the worst. After finally getting his diagnosis, and learning more and more about my son's needs, we have taken a much different approach to celebrating the holidays.

Sensory Issues Can Predict Future Abdominal Pain for Some With Autism

Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD | Posted 11.20.2015 | Science
Theresa Lyons, MS, MS, PhD

Gastrointestinal (GI) problems are common in children with autism. That is not an earth-shattering statement and I have blogged about that before. Studies have shown GI problems to be prevalent in 24-70 per cent of the autism population.

Angela Hanscom: Stop Blaming Parents (Including Yourself) For Sensory Disorders

Lee Lee | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

As a parent who has dealt with the uncertainty of undiagnosed delays, my heart goes out to all parents who do not know the source of their children's sensory issues, including Ms. Hanscom. Self-blame can be the easier way to cope when the alternative is to embrace the unknowable.

When Church Hurts

Shawna Wingert | Posted 08.18.2016 | Religion
Shawna Wingert

No one tells you that church and sensory issues are like oil and water. They don't mention it in occupational therapy, or when you get the diagnosis, or even in the books that talk about what to expect. Yet every mom I know that has a unique little one like mine, has experienced it.

Ease the Anxiety of Back to School

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 07.28.2016 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

Discuss what to expect. Allow your child to express what they're afraid of, and make sure to follow-up with validating statements such as, "I know that must feel so scary. When I was a kid, I felt that way, too." If they don't open up, try asking, "How are you feeling about going to school?"

Autism Acceptance: Don't Stop Believin'

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

Two days before our 19-year-old autistic son Mickey leaves for sleep away camp, he asks to get a haircut. No big deal, right? But 15 years ago this would have been unthinkable.

3 Ways Labeling Our Child Saved Our Sanity

Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC

His diagnosis enabled us to let go of some of the self-blame and shame we were struggling with and reinvest our energy into learning about Aidan's condition and helping him to recover.

How I Know That Sensory Processing Disorder Is Real

Stephanie Giese | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Giese

I know with certainty the difference between typical childhood behaviors and what I see exhibited by my son.

How We Recovered From A Sensory Meltdown At The Ice Show

Carrie Goldman | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

It wasn't about the skating anymore. It was about friendship and restoration. It was about parenting from a place of collaboration instead of judgment. It was about open communication and empathy for each other's kids.

10 Ways I Already Celebrated Mother's Day

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

Which brings me to Mother's Day. I live for family adventures and for the four of us to make memories. When I found out we had an opportunity to get tickets to a big nighttime (loud) baseball game in Boston I knew I wanted this to be my Mother's Day celebration. But how?

Gifted+Learning Disabled = No Desk For You, Says New Study

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

We all celebrate our 2e heroes once they accomplish something great.They all needed accommodation, though many did not receive them. We do not need our 2e children to be famous, but we do need them to get the assistance they need to do well in school, and further to bring their talents to bare.

6 Ways To Make School Days Better For Sensory Kids

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

We have time spent in trial and error, verbal cues, the help of professionals, but what happens if it's all new to you? What happens if the back-to-school transitions just aren't working? If you are desperate to find new solutions and systems that work?

Finally, Biological Evidence For Sensory Processing Disorder?

Posted 07.11.2013 | Healthy Living

Kids with sensory processing disorder (SPD) -- a condition where common sensations are unbearable and disrupt daily life -- have differences in brain ...

Something's Not Right With Our Boy

Rachel Joyce | Posted 08.09.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

I guess I've always known something was maybe amiss but honestly, I didn't want to know. There. I said it. I didn't want to know.

Dad Of 6-Year-Old With Asperger's: "There Was Not A Lot Of Guidance"

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 05.17.2013 | Parents

It took Brian and his wife, Susanna, a lot of research and trial and error before they got their daughter, Arizona, help that really worked. Their 6-y...

Playground Progress

Kimberly Abbott | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Kimberly Abbott

My heart swelled and broke simultaneously. I wanted to help him and had to resist approaching the ringleader to ask if my boy could play too. Even though he is only five and -- hopefully -- far from the years that my mere existence will utterly embarrass him, I knew he didn't want me to interfere.