The Sensory Processing Disorder Blog

Welcome to The Sensory Processing Disorder Blog.

Thank you for taking the time to join us in our SPD adventures.

Here you will find all the latest updates, changes, new information, news about SPD and personal comments/questions from us at as well as our valued readers.

We look forward to keeping you updated on the latest Sensory Processing Disorder/Sensory Integration information.

Please sign up for our RSS Feed to keep up to the minute on the latest articles,news, and reader submissions on SPD. If your not familiar with RSS you can read more about it at What is an RSS Feed.

Dec 17, 2014

My 4 year old has epic tantrums when transitioning or when he does not want to stop doing and activity

My 4 year old has epic tantrums when transitioning or when he does not want to stop doing an activity. When he tantrums at home and in preschool and he

Continue reading "My 4 year old has epic tantrums when transitioning or when he does not want to stop doing and activity"

Dec 16, 2014

Documenting Sensory In Occupational Therapy Notes

I work in an outpatient clinic treating pediatric clients across the spectrum of developmental, physical, and mental-emotional health diagnoses or lack

Continue reading "Documenting Sensory In Occupational Therapy Notes"

Dec 15, 2014

Confused about the checklist.

I was looking over the checklist and I am unsure if to be diagnosed one would have a few or more check marks per category or if the checked item would

Continue reading "Confused about the checklist."

Dec 10, 2014

Wow is all I can say!!

I really don't even know where to begin. I guess it began just tonight when I was talking to my aunt about my 8 yr old sons teeth. Not that my problems

Continue reading "Wow is all I can say!!"

Dec 09, 2014

SPD and School Help

Our 4th grade son is having issues in his classroom. He has an IEP but it very loosely written - chew gum, take exercise breaks. He is getting overwhelmed

Continue reading "SPD and School Help"

Dec 08, 2014

Inappropriate behavior for a 13 year old

My granddaughter laughs In appropriately in all sorts of situations, she doesn't eat and may be hospitalized, she answers most questions with whatever

Continue reading "Inappropriate behavior for a 13 year old"

Dec 05, 2014

Tired Mom and daughter

My daughter is 13 and has Downs syndrome and has always talked to herself playfully. Over the past couple months it has gotten to the point where she constantly

Continue reading "Tired Mom and daughter"

Dec 05, 2014


Reading this leads me to understand why my 3 year old acts the way he does! I just read it a second time and it gives me patience again. Less so with the

Continue reading "Phew!"

Dec 04, 2014

My 4 year old son with spd has NEVER told me he has to go potty

I really need help. My son wears a pullup and urinates on the toilet when we use a timer. When the timer goes off we take him and he urinates. The pullup

Continue reading "My 4 year old son with spd has NEVER told me he has to go potty"

Dec 04, 2014


I've always been dimmly aware of a need to touch and taste things; I was notorious as a child for putting absolutely everything in my mouth, from toys

Continue reading "Hyposensitivity"

Dec 02, 2014

Toddler Head Banging, Please Help!!

Hi everyone! I have a 23 month old daughter who is very high needs and always has been. She is not diagnosed with autism or SPD that I know of (will be

Continue reading "Toddler Head Banging, Please Help!! "

Dec 02, 2014

SPD issues in our 6 yr old making school tough

Our 6 yr old started Kindergarten this fall and he clearly has SPD issues. We let the school and teacher know up front and his teacher has been a saint

Continue reading "SPD issues in our 6 yr old making school tough"

Dec 01, 2014

Sensitive Santa provides calm environment for children with special needs

Sensitive Santa is an event the Mall at Johnson City has held now for six years.

The goal is to allow children with sensory processing disorders to have the opportunity to take a picture with Santa in a calm and comfortable environment.

Continue reading "Sensitive Santa provides calm environment for children with special needs"

Dec 01, 2014

Custody/Visitation arrangements

My husband and I are separated and in a custody battle over our 9 year old son with SPD. My husband thinks it's a good idea to have our son every other

Continue reading "Custody/Visitation arrangements"

Dec 01, 2014

Help with 5 year old

My daughter, Katie, has stopped eating full meals the past month. She only nibbles on a little bit of food. It's becoming debilitating at this point. In

Continue reading "Help with 5 year old"

Nov 29, 2014

12 year old daughter

My daughter is 12 she had her first menstrual period she has adhd and is medicated. We were doing well until Thanksgiving day and the day after. Today

Continue reading "12 year old daughter"

Nov 28, 2014

Is it possible to have both Hyper and Hyposensitivies?

I mostly feel I have a hyposensitive oral problem, but I have a few of the hypersensitive oral symptoms too.

Continue reading "Is it possible to have both Hyper and Hyposensitivies?"

Nov 24, 2014


been trying to put my finger on what was wrong with my now three year old for years no one was listening to me after reading this its amazing he is like

Continue reading "Wow"

Nov 20, 2014

SPD and Depression

Hi, I'm almost 24 (f) and have had a plethora of these problems since I was a little kid. I first noticed it when I realized normally people don't walk

Continue reading "SPD and Depression "

Nov 20, 2014

Holding objects in your hands constantly

Why would a person have a habit of constantly holding an object such as a paper towel or napkin in their hand?

Continue reading "Holding objects in your hands constantly"

Nov 18, 2014

I suffer from Sensory Processing Disorder

I was diagnosed in August 2011 with Autism, I was 38, almost 39 years old. I have known there was something wrong with me, but was never diagnosed with

Continue reading "I suffer from Sensory Processing Disorder"

Nov 18, 2014

Psychology student

I think about my nephew, diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, also known as autism spectrum disorder. ASD is characterized by significant difficulties

Continue reading "Psychology student"

Nov 14, 2014

PDD-NOS or SPD w/ Speech Delay

My son Ethan just turned 3, my husband and I first noticed something was wrong when Ethan was 18mos.and he wasn't speaking. When he was 2 and only had

Continue reading "PDD-NOS or SPD w/ Speech Delay"

Nov 14, 2014

No diagnosis, no services

Childhood symptoms were deemed sign of being weird, till sexually abused, then was deemed stress related ~ e.g. cheek biting was called 'poor oral hygiene'

Continue reading "No diagnosis, no services"

Nov 13, 2014

Hmm I just wonder the possibility.

In addition which was not mentioned in the checklist, I have a severe skin picking problem since the age of 3 years old. I am 20 years old now. Throughout

Continue reading "Hmm I just wonder the possibility. "

Nov 13, 2014

Just finding out about SPD and this new knowledge is amazingly help full

I have a 3 yr old. And ever since I could remember he would bang his head on any an every object. When he started walking he would seemingly run in to

Continue reading "Just finding out about SPD and this new knowledge is amazingly help full"

Nov 12, 2014

Drugs as cause of SPD

Could SPD be caused physiologically by a drug addict father who used cocaine at pre conception?

Continue reading " Drugs as cause of SPD"

Nov 11, 2014


A few days ago I was at a store with my sister who specializes in Child Care, and we were walking through an isle with yarn when I pointed out that it

Continue reading ""Spoiled""

Nov 11, 2014

Behavioral Poop Holding

Our 3.5 year old boy has SPD and has had recurring bouts of poop holding (i.e., he has to go but actively fights against allowing the poop to come out).

Continue reading "Behavioral Poop Holding"

Nov 10, 2014

Metal phobia

since i was about 7+ i wouldn't touch metal. i hate the smell of it, the feel of it and everything about it. when i go to restaurants i always get something

Continue reading "Metal phobia"

Nov 10, 2014

ADD meds for a SPD kid?

Do ADHD meds work for a child with SPD? It was my understanding that stimulants work for the ADHD brain to settle & focus the child; however, stimulants

Continue reading "ADD meds for a SPD kid?"

Nov 10, 2014

Violent meltdowns

My eight year old son has SPD and has very violent meltdowns where he attacks me. I am not sure how to deal with these and whether to punish him or not.

Continue reading "Violent meltdowns"

Nov 10, 2014


A therapist i've been to utilizes covering the eyes and pushing head down and counting to 3 if child does not do the correct behavior. what do you think

Continue reading "Mother"

Nov 09, 2014

Sticky stuff creeps me out

Hi I am 43 and have just read this website and have found my things I wouldnt call them problems, because I think it is normal to be creeped out by ice

Continue reading "Sticky stuff creeps me out"

Nov 07, 2014

2 1/2 year old tip toe walks, flaps his arms or clenches his fists, and vibrates his entire body when he is excited. What gives?

My 21/2 year old son displays many symptoms of the sensory seeker. As a baby he was inconsolable and is still using a pacifier at night. He is intense

Continue reading "2 1/2 year old tip toe walks, flaps his arms or clenches his fists, and vibrates his entire body when he is excited. What gives?"

Nov 07, 2014

To the "T"

I have always heard of SPD because my younger brother has it, and has been through therapy when he was younger, mainly for food sensitivity. But I never

Continue reading "To the "T""

Nov 07, 2014

Grateful Adolescent

I'm a 14 year-old who has always been sensitive to certain sounds, tastes, and smells. Just hearing someone crack their knuckles or hearing the sound of

Continue reading "Grateful Adolescent"

Nov 06, 2014

Son has issue writing because he can't handle the feel of paper?

I have a 12 year old healthy, normal son currently in 7th grade. He was an A student up till the start of his 6th grade year when his grades started to

Continue reading "Son has issue writing because he can't handle the feel of paper?"

Nov 02, 2014

7 Year old, problem eater just diagnosed with Celiacs

My son is an extremely picky eater. He does not eat any meat, fish, fruits or vegetables. His typically diet includes breads, cheese, pizza, bagel and

Continue reading "7 Year old, problem eater just diagnosed with Celiacs"

Oct 31, 2014


I cant find any help for my child who is 7 now. We have been dealing with this for years. Her doctors, school- no help at all!! Im trying to get her in

Continue reading "Help "

Oct 31, 2014

Mom of an SPD 13 y.o. son

So my 13 y.o. son has SPD, finally getting the diagnoses was relieving. He also is ADHD, OCD, ODD, mood disorder and has severe anxiety. Still to this

Continue reading "Mom of an SPD 13 y.o. son"

Oct 28, 2014

Getting dressed and late for school

My 5 YO grandson was diagnosed with SID last year. In the beginning of the school year he spent every single day in the principles office for fighting

Continue reading "Getting dressed and late for school"

Oct 27, 2014

Skipping, pacing, rocking, flapping - Stereotypic Movement Disorder

I have a 15-year-old daughter who has engaged in repetitive skipping up and down in our house throughout her life. It only really became a problem

Continue reading "Skipping, pacing, rocking, flapping - Stereotypic Movement Disorder"

Oct 25, 2014

Absolutely cannot be touched

I am a 30 year old female and I cannot be touched whatsoever. Today someone hugged me and rubbed my back and the sensation of having my back rubbed has

Continue reading "Absolutely cannot be touched"

Oct 23, 2014

Nail Cutting Refusal

Do you have any suggestions for helping an 8 yr old to let me (he refuses to do it himself or try) cut his nails, or any activity to do first? Or, do I

Continue reading "Nail Cutting Refusal"

Oct 23, 2014

Turning 4 - rage over so many things

My Son is Turning 4. I am an OT and have worked extensively with behavioral kids. My son is very rigid and tantrums with violence to himself, the walls/floors,

Continue reading "Turning 4 - rage over so many things"

Oct 23, 2014

14 month old - SPD or not?

My son is only fourteen months old, but he has had some behavior that has concerned me for awhile. Getting him to eat new textures is one thing that has

Continue reading "14 month old - SPD or not?"

Oct 23, 2014

Sensitive Gag reflex?

Hello,I am having a disorder which I may think that it's the sensitive gag reflex,but I haven't seek any psychologist about this incident,my symptoms are

Continue reading "Sensitive Gag reflex?"

Oct 23, 2014

Adult diagnosed with SPD

Yes it is real, and the other co morbid conditions muddy the waters, but it exists. Experts found I was prone to stimulus overload on all of my senses

Continue reading "Adult diagnosed with SPD"