Does SPD prevent a child from learning?

by Rhianna Burns
(Covington, Ky)

my son is aware he is struggling and is 12. the school says that on a daily basis he is holding his finger in his nose and when he is trying to think he switches his finger and that this is a strong indicator that he has a mental handicap. he was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 6 and we know he has some trouble learning and behind in school not improving at the rate he needs to be.said they wrote down how many times he wore his shirt backward and he even scratched at his bottom and thinks its funny or does not care. because of that they think he is an able to learn and are wanting to move him into the handicapped classroom and redirect his education not for a high school diploma but to be able to function in the real world. I know he struggles but this is a complete shock to me...Would this be signs of SPD? Are kids with SDP unable to learn?

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May 07, 2015
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Learning with SPD
by: Anonymous

I am a 14 year old girl. When I was younger I had so much trouble with preschool that halfway through age 4 preschool my mom brought me home to homeschool me.

I am now in 8th grade. I go to a gifted school and have gotten into AP classes for next year. Kids with SPD are smart! We just need help figuring out how to learn and how to manage our sensory system enough to be able to concentrate.

Apr 29, 2015
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does spd prevent your child from learning
by: Anonymous

My son who is now 12 was in therapy when he was much younger. He has always struggled in school. It has not been an easy road. I took him out in the beginning of 5th grade, and started homeschooling. This has been tough. Your son can learn and is probably very smart. My son is very smart, but struggles with writing, math, and reading. He can do all of these but he usually has melt downs when doing these task,breaking pencils constantly. He is very visual and that is how he learns.
Good luck, and I would like to hope that they will grow out of this, but I don't think they will. Mine has just shifted from different things. He used to hate socks, loose shoes and tags among other things, but now those things don't matter most of the time.
Hang in there and good luck
T.

Mar 16, 2015
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by: Anonymous

By your description it really doesn't point to a lot of SPD things. Please use the checklist at the side to first get a good idea of what SPD looks like. There is SO much good material on this site. Second, get him evaluated to get a professional opionion on what is happening.

People with SPD are very much able to learn! Their environment may have to be adapted to help them learn. Please be your son's best advocate, fight for everything you can get help with and don't stop there.

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