Grandparent

by Grandparent
(Oceanside, California)

I understand that SPD is considered a separate diagnosis from autism. I do not completely understand how it is not actually a very mild form of true autism however. At the heart of true autism and its communication deficits are sensory issues. SPD is a sensory disorder, but really so is true autism. A subjective judgment about a relationship bond I do not think of as an adequate distinction between the two. Am I missing something?

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Sep 15, 2011
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Mom to an SPD Child
by: Anonymous

I agree with your comments as well. There has to be some sort of link between SPD and autism. I almost consider my son high-functioning autism. The doctors assure me that he is not based solely on the fact that he has empathy for others and can understand how they are feeling. Is this the line in the sand that truly separates autism from SPD? I'm not sure but in any case, I have been told that regardless of the title, his treatment would still be the same - OT, Language Therapy and Social Groups.

Feb 09, 2011
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SPD or AUTISM?
by: Anonymous

yours is also my thought. I think between the SPD and autism and there is a link that is above the biological family. This is even more severe classic autism. In fact, for my experience. When I look at the symptoms of SPD. I think a lesser form of autism. I hope that soon, the research can provide clarification. Because the symptoms of SPD are disabling.

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