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by Meredith

My name is Meredith Eaton. I am 12 years old and have SPD and ADHD. First of all your site has provided the most info I have gotten on this topic.

I also have a question, My little angel of a sister Siobhan always gets so aggravated when I ask her to stop some specific noises that she makes (sniffiling, tapping, kicking my seat, popping sounds with her lips etc.) I don't just ask her to please stop, I always try to find a way to ask nicely if my mom or dad could get a tissue or glass of water. They never get angry, but my sister gets EXTREMELY angry. She knows that I have SPD and ADHD but she keeps on doing it.

Do you have any ideas on how to have her understand how annoying it is to me?

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Oct 13, 2010
Sensory Processing Disorder
by: alisha

ADHD is called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity, these are the symptom. This is most common childhood disorder. In this situation children easily distracted, miss details, forget things, and frequently switch from one activity to another.

Feb 08, 2009
by: Anonymous

Some of those sounds might be tics. Tics are involuntary actions triggered by some deep part of the brain that isn't quite under the rest of the brain's control. Many kids with SPD issues also have some tics. These usually go away as the child gets older. The most common tics are blinking, throat clearing, sniffing, and coughing.

There are a couple of treatments out there for tics, but they are long, and they tend to work better on kids over 10 years old. First there's neurofeedback training to raise the SMR brainwave levels. Also, there's habit reversal therapy, which helps train the child to substitute the tic for another action.

Maybe it helps to know that these actions are involuntary.

There is a book on SPD called The Sensory Team Handbook, which is for kids with sensory issues. It has comics and cartoons explaining what SPD is and gives suggestions for the kid to do to make it better. My son (who has/had both tics and SPD) found it very helpful.

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