Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist: Signs And Symptoms Of Dysfunction

The purpose of this sensory processing disorder checklist is to help parents and professionals who interact with children become educated about particular signs of sensory processing dysfunction.

It is not to be used as the absolute diagnostic criteria for labeling children with sensory processing disorder. But rather, as an educational tool and checklist for your own knowledge. Professionals who can diagnose this disorder have their own tools in addition to checklists to observe and test for sensory integration dysfunction.

As you go through this list, you may say, "Wow, my child has so many of these characteristics/behaviors, he must have a sensory processing disorder!!"

That MAY be true, and I want you to take it very seriously if you find a host of these to be characteristic of your child. But, then use this as a guide to speak with your doctor and an Occupational Therapist so you can clearly explain why you think your child may need help.

Or, you may go through the list and say,

"No big deal, so my child has some of these behaviors/characteristics, doesn't every child?"

Well, this may be true too and your child's behavior may fluctuate from day to day.

What we need to be concerned with is which symptoms your child shows, which category they are having difficulty with, how much it interferes with their or other's lives and what kind of impact it is having on their level of functioning. They may have a lot in one category and none in another or some in all categories. This will help target diagnosis and treatment.

Lastly, you may go through the list and say,

"Oh my gosh, that is what I have been dealing with my whole life".

Then I say, I'm so sorry you never got the help you needed! Perhaps we can start to work on it now.

Identifying and understanding this disorder is HUGE!

Please understand the "Five Caveats" that Carol Stock Kranowitz points out in her book, "The Out-of-Sync Child" (1995), about using a checklist such as this. She writes:

1. "The child with sensory dysfunction does not necessarily exhibit every characteristic. Thus, the child with vestibular dysfunction may have poor balance but good muscle tone."

2. "Sometimes the child will show characteristics of a dysfunction one day but not the next. For instance, the child with proprioceptive problems may trip over every bump in the pavement on Friday yet score every soccer goal on Saturday. Inconsistency is a hallmark of every neurological dysfunction. "

3. "The child may exhibit characteristics of a particular dysfunction yet not have that dysfunction. For example, the child who typically withdraws from being touched may seem to be hypersensitive to tactile stimulation but may, instead, have an emotional problem."

4. "The child may be both hypersensitive and hyposensitive. For instance, the child may be extremely sensitive to light touch, jerking away from a soft pat on the shoulder, while being rather indifferent to the deep pain of an inoculation."

5. "Everyone has some sensory integration problems now and then, because no one is well regulated all the time. All kinds of stimuli can temporarily disrupt normal functioning of the brain, either by overloading it with, or by depriving it of, sensory stimulation."

Tactile Sense: input from the skin receptors about touch, pressure, temperature, pain, and movement of the hairs on the skin.

 

Signs Of Tactile Dysfunction:


 

 1. Hypersensitivity To Touch (Tactile Defensiveness)

 

__ becomes fearful, anxious or aggressive with light or unexpected touch

__ as an infant, did/does not like to be held or cuddled; may arch back, cry, and pull away

__ distressed when diaper is being, or needs to be, changed

__ appears fearful of, or avoids standing in close proximity to other people or peers (especially in lines)

__ becomes frightened when touched from behind or by someone/something they can not see (such as under a blanket)

__ complains about having hair brushed; may be very picky about using a particular brush

__ bothered by rough bed sheets (i.e., if old and "bumpy")

__ avoids group situations for fear of the unexpected touch

__ resists friendly or affectionate touch from anyone besides parents or siblings (and sometimes them too!)

__ dislikes kisses, will "wipe off" place where kissed

__ prefers hugs

__ a raindrop, water from the shower, or wind blowing on the skin may feel like torture and produce adverse and avoidance reactions

__ may overreact to minor cuts, scrapes, and or bug bites

__ avoids touching certain textures of material (blankets, rugs, stuffed animals)

__ refuses to wear new or stiff clothes, clothes with rough textures, turtlenecks, jeans, hats, or belts, etc.

__ avoids using hands for play

__ avoids/dislikes/aversive to "messy play", i.e., sand, mud, water, glue, glitter, playdoh, slime, shaving cream/funny foam etc.

__ will be distressed by dirty hands and want to wipe or wash them frequently

__ excessively ticklish

__ distressed by seams in socks and may refuse to wear them

__ distressed by clothes rubbing on skin; may want to wear shorts and short sleeves year round, toddlers may prefer to be naked and pull diapers and clothes off constantly

__ or, may want to wear long sleeve shirts and long pants year round to avoid having skin exposed

__ distressed about having face washed

__ distressed about having hair, toenails, or fingernails cut

__ resists brushing teeth and is extremely fearful of the dentist

__ is a picky eater, only eating certain tastes and textures; mixed textures tend to be avoided as well as hot or cold foods; resists trying new foods

__ may refuse to walk barefoot on grass or sand

__ may walk on toes only



2. Hyposensitivity To Touch (Under-Responsive):

 

__ may crave touch, needs to touch everything and everyone

__ is not aware of being touched/bumped unless done with extreme force or intensity

__ is not bothered by injuries, like cuts and bruises, and shows no distress with shots (may even say they love getting shots!)

__ may not be aware that hands or face are dirty or feel his/her nose running

__ may be self-abusive; pinching, biting, or banging his own head

__ mouths objects excessively

__ frequently hurts other children or pets while playing

__ repeatedly touches surfaces or objects that are soothing (i.e., blanket)

__ seeks out surfaces and textures that provide strong tactile feedback

__ thoroughly enjoys and seeks out messy play

__ craves vibrating or strong sensory input

__ has a preference and craving for excessively spicy, sweet, sour, or salty foods


 

3. Poor Tactile Perception And Discrimination:

 

__ has difficulty with fine motor tasks such as buttoning, zipping, and fastening clothes

__ may not be able to identify which part of their body was touched if they were not looking

__ may be afraid of the dark

__ may be a messy dresser; looks disheveled, does not notice pants are twisted, shirt is half un tucked, shoes are untied, one pant leg is up and one is down, etc.

__ has difficulty using scissors, crayons, or silverware

__ continues to mouth objects to explore them even after age two

__ has difficulty figuring out physical characteristics of objects; shape, size, texture, temperature, weight, etc.

__ may not be able to identify objects by feel, uses vision to help; such as, reaching into backpack or desk to retrieve an item


Vestibular Sense: input from the inner ear about equilibrium, gravitational changes, movement experiences, and position in space.

 

Signs Of Vestibular Dysfunction:

 

1. Hypersensitivity To Movement (Over-Responsive):

 

 
__ avoids/dislikes playground equipment; i.e., swings, ladders, slides, or merry-go-rounds

__ prefers sedentary tasks, moves slowly and cautiously, avoids taking risks, and may appear "wimpy"

__ avoids/dislikes elevators and escalators; may prefer sitting while they are on them or, actually get motion sickness from them

__ may physically cling to an adult they trust

__ may appear terrified of falling even when there is no real risk of it

__ afraid of heights, even the height of a curb or step

__ fearful of feet leaving the ground

__ fearful of going up or down stairs or walking on uneven surfaces

__ afraid of being tipped upside down, sideways or backwards; will strongly resist getting hair washed over the sink

__ startles if someone else moves them; i.e., pushing his/her chair closer to the table

__ as an infant, may never have liked baby swings or jumpers

__ may be fearful of, and have difficulty riding a bike, jumping, hopping, or balancing on one foot (especially if eyes are closed)

__ may have disliked being placed on stomach as an infant

__ loses balance easily and may appear clumsy

__ fearful of activities which require good balance

__ avoids rapid or rotating movements

 

2. Hyposensitivity To Movement (Under-Responsive):

 

__ in constant motion, can't seem to sit still

__ craves fast, spinning, and/or intense movement experiences

__ loves being tossed in the air

__ could spin for hours and never appear to be dizzy

__ loves the fast, intense, and/or scary rides at amusement parks

__ always jumping on furniture, trampolines, spinning in a swivel chair, or getting into upside down positions

__ loves to swing as high as possible and for long periods of time

__ is a "thrill-seeker"; dangerous at times

__ always running, jumping, hopping etc. instead of walking

__ rocks body, shakes leg, or head while sitting

__ likes sudden or quick movements, such as, going over a big bump in the car or on a bike

 

3. Poor Muscle Tone And/Or Coordination:

 

__ has a limp, "floppy" body

__ frequently slumps, lies down, and/or leans head on hand or arm while working at his/her desk

__ difficulty simultaneously lifting head, arms, and legs off the floor while lying on stomach ("superman" position)

__ often sits in a "W sit" position on the floor to stabilize body

__ fatigues easily!

__ compensates for "looseness" by grasping objects tightly

__ difficulty turning doorknobs, handles, opening and closing items

__ difficulty catching him/her self if falling

__ difficulty getting dressed and doing fasteners, zippers, and buttons

__ may have never crawled as an baby

__ has poor body awareness; bumps into things, knocks things over, trips, and/or appears clumsy

__ poor gross motor skills; jumping, catching a ball, jumping jacks, climbing a ladder etc.

__ poor fine motor skills; difficulty using "tools", such as pencils, silverware, combs, scissors etc.

__ may appear ambidextrous, frequently switching hands for coloring, cutting, writing etc.; does not have an established hand preference/dominance by 4 or 5 years old

__ has difficulty licking an ice cream cone

__ seems to be unsure about how to move body during movement, for example, stepping over something

__ difficulty learning exercise or dance steps


Proprioceptive Sense: input from the muscles and joints about body position, weight, pressure, stretch, movement, and changes in position in space.

 

Signs Of Proprioceptive Dysfunction:

 

1. Sensory Seeking Behaviors:

 

__ seeks out jumping, bumping, and crashing activities

__ stomps feet when walking

__ kicks his/her feet on floor or chair while sitting at desk/table

__ bites or sucks on fingers and/or frequently cracks his/her knuckles

__ loves to be tightly wrapped in many or weighted blankets, especially at bedtime

__ prefers clothes (and belts, hoods, shoelaces) to be as tight as possible

__ loves/seeks out "squishing" activities

__ enjoys bear hugs

__ excessive banging on/with toys and objects

__ loves "roughhousing" and tackling/wrestling games

__ frequently falls on floor intentionally

__ would jump on a trampoline for hours on end

__ grinds his/her teeth throughout the day

__ loves pushing/pulling/dragging objects

__ loves jumping off furniture or from high places

__ frequently hits, bumps or pushes other children

__ chews on pens, straws, shirt sleeves etc.

 


2. Difficulty With "Grading Of Movement":

 

 
__ misjudges how much to flex and extend muscles during tasks/activities (i.e., putting arms into sleeves or climbing)

__ difficulty regulating pressure when writing/drawing; may be too light to see or so hard the tip of writing utensil breaks

__ written work is messy and he/she often rips the paper when erasing

__ always seems to be breaking objects and toys

__ misjudges the weight of an object, such as a glass of juice, picking it up with too much force sending it flying or spilling, or with too little force and complaining about objects being too heavy

__ may not understand the idea of "heavy" or "light"; would not be able to hold two objects and tell you which weighs more

__ seems to do everything with too much force; i.e., walking, slamming doors, pressing things too hard, slamming objects down

__ plays with animals with too much force, often hurting them


Signs Of Auditory Dysfunction: (no diagnosed hearing problem)

 

1. Hypersensitivity To Sounds (Auditory Defensiveness):

 

__ distracted by sounds not normally noticed by others; i.e., humming of lights or refrigerators, fans, heaters, or clocks ticking

__ fearful of the sound of a flushing toilet (especially in public bathrooms), vacuum, hairdryer, squeaky shoes, or a dog barking

__ started with or distracted by loud or unexpected sounds

__ bothered/distracted by background environmental sounds; i.e., lawn mowing or outside construction

__ frequently asks people to be quiet; i.e., stop making noise, talking, or singing

__ runs away, cries, and/or covers ears with loud or unexpected sounds

__ may refuse to go to movie theaters, parades, skating rinks, musical concerts etc.

__ may decide whether they like certain people by the sound of their voice

 

2. Hyposensitivity To Sounds (Under-Registers):

 

__ often does not respond to verbal cues or to name being called

__ appears to "make noise for noise's sake"

__ loves excessively loud music or TV

__ seems to have difficulty understanding or remembering what was said

__ appears oblivious to certain sounds

__ appears confused about where a sound is coming from

__ talks self through a task, often out loud

__ had little or no vocalizing or babbling as an infant

__ needs directions repeated often, or will say, "What?" frequently


Signs Of Oral Input Dysfunction:

 

1. Hypersensitivity To Oral Input (Oral Defensiveness):

 

__ picky eater, often with extreme food preferences; i.e., limited repertoire of foods, picky about brands, resistive to trying new foods or restaurants, and may not eat at other people's houses)

__ may only eat "soft" or pureed foods past 24 months of age

__ may gag with textured foods

__ has difficulty with sucking, chewing, and swallowing; may choke or have a fear of choking

__ resists/refuses/extremely fearful of going to the dentist or having dental work done

__ may only eat hot or cold foods

__ refuses to lick envelopes, stamps, or stickers because of their taste

__ dislikes or complains about toothpaste and mouthwash

__ avoids seasoned, spicy, sweet, sour or salty foods; prefers bland foods

 

2. Hyposensitivity To Oral Input (Under-Registers)

 

__ may lick, taste, or chew on inedible objects

__ prefers foods with intense flavor; i.e., excessively spicy, sweet, sour, or salty

__ excessive drooling past the teething stage

__ frequently chews on hair, shirt, or fingers

__ constantly putting objects in mouth past the toddler years

__ acts as if all foods taste the same

__ can never get enough condiments or seasonings on his/her food

__ loves vibrating toothbrushes and even trips to the dentist


Signs Of Olfactory Dysfunction (Smells):

 

1. Hypersensitivity To Smells (Over-Responsive):

 

__ reacts negatively to, or dislikes smells which do not usually bother, or get noticed, by other people

__ tells other people (or talks about) how bad or funny they smell

__ refuses to eat certain foods because of their smell

__ offended and/or nauseated by bathroom odors or personal hygiene smells

__ bothered/irritated by smell of perfume or cologne

__ bothered by household or cooking smells

__ may refuse to play at someone's house because of the way it smells

__ decides whether he/she likes someone or some place by the way it smells

 

2. Hyposensitivity To Smells (Under-Responsive):

 

__ has difficulty discriminating unpleasant odors

__ may drink or eat things that are poisonous because they do not notice the noxious smell

__ unable to identify smells from scratch 'n sniff stickers

__ does not notice odors that others usually complain about

__ fails to notice or ignores unpleasant odors

__ makes excessive use of smelling when introduced to objects, people, or places

__ uses smell to interact with objects


Signs Of Visual Input Dysfunction (No Diagnosed Visual Deficit):

 

1. Hypersensitivity To Visual Input (Over-Responsiveness)

 


__ sensitive to bright lights; will squint, cover eyes, cry and/or get headaches from the light

__ has difficulty keeping eyes focused on task/activity he/she is working on for an appropriate amount of time

__ easily distracted by other visual stimuli in the room; i.e., movement, decorations, toys, windows, doorways etc.

__ has difficulty in bright colorful rooms or a dimly lit room

__ rubs his/her eyes, has watery eyes or gets headaches after reading or watching TV

__ avoids eye contact

__ enjoys playing in the dark

 

2. Hyposensitivity To Visual Input (Under-Responsive Or Difficulty With Tracking, Discrimination, Or Perception):

 

__ has difficulty telling the difference between similar printed letters or figures; i.e., p & q, b & d, + and x, or square and rectangle

__ has a hard time seeing the "big picture"; i.e., focuses on the details or patterns within the picture

__ has difficulty locating items among other items; i.e., papers on a desk, clothes in a drawer, items on a grocery shelf, or toys in a bin/toy box

__ often loses place when copying from a book or the chalkboard

__ difficulty controlling eye movement to track and follow moving objects

__ has difficulty telling the difference between different colors, shapes, and sizes

__ often loses his/her place while reading or doing math problems

__ makes reversals in words or letters when copying, or reads words backwards; i.e., "was" for "saw" and "no" for "on" after first grade

__ complains about "seeing double"

__ difficulty finding differences in pictures, words, symbols, or objects

__ difficulty with consistent spacing and size of letters during writing and/or lining up numbers in math problems

__ difficulty with jigsaw puzzles, copying shapes, and/or cutting/tracing along a line

__ tends to write at a slant (up or down hill) on a page

__ confuses left and right

__ fatigues easily with schoolwork

__ difficulty judging spatial relationships in the environment; i.e., bumps into objects/people or missteps on curbs and stairs


Auditory-Language Processing Dysfunction:

 

__ unable to locate the source of a sound

__ difficulty identifying people's voices

__ difficulty discriminating between sounds/words; i.e., "dare" and "dear"

__ difficulty filtering out other sounds while trying to pay attention to one person talking

__ bothered by loud, sudden, metallic, or high-pitched sounds

__ difficulty attending to, understanding, and remembering what is said or read; often asks for directions to be repeated and may only be able to understand or follow two sequential directions at a time

__ looks at others to/for reassurance before answering

__ difficulty putting ideas into words (written or verbal)

__ often talks out of turn or "off topic"

__ if not understood, has difficulty re-phrasing; may get frustrated, angry, and give up

__ difficulty reading, especially out loud (may also be dyslexic)

__ difficulty articulating and speaking clearly

__ ability to speak often improves after intense movement


Social, Emotional, Play, And Self-Regulation Dysfunction:

 

Social:

 

__ difficulty getting along with peers

__ prefers playing by self with objects or toys rather than with people

__ does not interact reciprocally with peers or adults; hard to have a "meaningful" two-way conversation

__ self-abusive or abusive to others

__ others have a hard time interpreting child's cues, needs, or emotions

__ does not seek out connections with familiar people

 

Emotional:

 

__ difficulty accepting changes in routine (to the point of tantrums)

__ gets easily frustrated

__ often impulsive

__ functions best in small group or individually

__ variable and quickly changing moods; prone to outbursts and tantrums

__ prefers to play on the outside, away from groups, or just be an observer

__ avoids eye contact

__ difficulty appropriately making needs known

 

Play:

 

__ difficulty with imitative play (over 10 months)

__ wanders aimlessly without purposeful play or exploration (over 15 months)

__ needs adult guidance to play, difficulty playing independently (over 18 months)

__ participates in repetitive play for hours; i.e., lining up toys cars, blocks, watching one movie over and over etc.

 

Self-Regulation:

 

__ excessive irritability, fussiness or colic as an infant

__ can't calm or soothe self through pacifier, comfort object, or caregiver

__ can't go from sleeping to awake without distress

__ requires excessive help from caregiver to fall asleep; i.e., rubbing back or head, rocking, long walks, or car rides

 

Internal  Regulation (The Interoceptive Sense):

 

__ becoming too hot or too cold sooner than others in the same environments; may not appear to ever get cold/hot, may not be able to maintain body temperature effectively

__ difficulty in extreme temperatures or going from one extreme to another (i.e., winter, summer, going from air conditioning to outside heat, a heated house to the cold outside)

__ respiration that is too fast, too slow, or cannot switch from one to the other easily as the body demands an appropriate respiratory response

__ heart rate that speeds up or slows down too fast or too slow based on the demands imposed on it

__ respiration and heart rate that takes longer than what is expected to slow down during or after exertion or fear

__ severe/several mood swings throughout the day (angry to happy in short periods of time, perhaps without visible cause)

__ unpredictable state of arousal or inability to control arousal level (hyper to lethargic, quickly, vacillating between the two; over stimulated to under stimulated, within hours or days, depending on activity and setting, etc.)

__ frequent constipation or diarrhea, or mixed during the same day or over a few days

__ difficulty with potty training; does not seem to know when he/she has to go (i.e., cannot feel the necessary sensation that bowel or bladder are full

__ unable to regulate thirst; always thirsty, never thirsty, or oscillates back and forth

__ unable to regulate hunger; eats all the time, won't eat at all, unable to feel full/hungry

__ unable to regulate appetite; has little to no appetite and/or will be "starving" one minute then full two bites later, then back to hungry again (prone to eating disorders and/or failure to thrive)

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Trying to figure out if my son (age 7) has SPD. He was a good eater as an infant, loved his baby food, especially the oatmeal! But then soon after he …

I think there's someting wrong with my son 
My son is 15 years old now and these problems have been going on, at least some of them, since he was an infant. I have never sought out help because …

My 3 year old grandson I worry about 
My three year old grandson at the age of 2 hated buttons near him. You could not put a shirt with buttons on him, nor pick him up if you had buttons on …

Caz 
My daughter is nine in October we live in england, she has been diagnosed with auditory processing disorder and autism, but when I read all this about …

Please can some one give me advice  
hi, my son is 2 in june, he was born at 39 weeks c-section good pregnancy,however when he had his 6 week assessment the dr said that he had poor muscle …

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Newly Diagnosed & Explains So Much 
Mu son is 2 1/2 and just had his eval completed. He scored moderate to severe in all the areas that they can accurately test a child his age in. He has …

Anyone have a child with similar characteristics? 
My son is almost 4 and there have been some behaviours that just seem off. Starting when he was still an infant he would line up his cars, bottles of …

Can't Quite put my finger on it!  
My son is 6, and we have been going through a lot with him. He was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 4, but I have also noticed with him other symptoms …

Child Seeking Joint Compression 
My daughter is almost 4. She receives speech therapy in school and they referred us to an outside therapist for extra practice. The therapist doing the …

My sweet boy has ADHD w/ SI... 
I didn't understand why he was so clumsy or why certain things caused him to fall apart. I just picked him up and hugged him until he stopped crying. My …

Miss  
I still am not sure if this applies to my son or not. My son is quite intelligent and gets bored in class. He is difficult to discipline because he gets …

Problems With Transitions and Role Playing 
Our 3.5 year old son was diagnosed with slight SPD when he was two. After a year and a half of OT, we have taken him out because there did not seem to …

Mom 
My son is 6 almost 7. I have noticed many little differences in him as he's started school at age 5. His kindergarten teacher also noticed somethings that …

My pain 
It is amazing to know that other people have sensory issues, issues with sounds, lights, perception, touch, smells...and I am not autistic. But my second …

They say he is normal for a five year old... 
I i answered yes to all but four on the sensory seeking behaviours, and the four i didn't answer yes to are actually sometimes. The thing that bothers …

Grandmother of 5 yo boy with SID 
My grandson was diagnosed with SID and ADHD 2 yrs ago. Its been a lot of meetings with therapists, doctors, teachers etc, to get a good treatment plan …

7 year-old-girl intense "stims" - Nothing fits! 
For the past 4-5 years I have researched and sought out help in diagnosing the behavior my now seven-year-old daughter displays. We have visited multiple …

Myself and my children 
I've grown up knowing that there was something off about me but never had the resources or support to get it checked out. Now that I'm seeing similar signs …

SPD 
I was told by the teachers my son was ADHD or ADD but I knew that was not it, all medications had horrible affects My son is ten he won't eat meat unless …

Wow 
I'm a 16 year old girl who was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, but when I looked it up online, it didn't even begin to explain what was going on. It …

Austin 
Austin is seven years old boy and was diagnosed at 5 years old as being severely autistic.before that we went to several dr's to find out what was wrong …

Becky Thomas - Autism Support worker 
I work with a 14 yr old Autistic girl with a learning disability. She has increasingly withdrawn from going places and is now not washing at all and …

Still Exploring My Three Year Old 
Based on the above checklist and my own intuitions before coming across this particular research, I believe my three year old son may have some sensory …

CJ 
I have a 3 1/2 yr. old daughter that does not sleep through the night, never has, she stopped napping about 6-8 months ago, very rarely will she take a …

13 years and Struggling 
My son, has had sensory issues, since I can remember, My concerns were ignored whenever I brought up to his teachers. Every time I suggested how to help …

WOW thank you! 
My son is now 12! and we're having issues in Middle School. Extremely talented, high IQ yet super sensitive. As a baby he didn't want to be held...and …

Ruth 
After reading through the checklist i have found that my 7 year old daughter has alot of the symptoms on most of the things on here she is seeing a psychologist …

Rihanna 
Hi , I just finished reading the SPD check . It is very useful . My 3 years old daughter has some of the SPD like head banging , she eats only soft foods …

My 2 year old son 
my son was born 5lb 4oz and i already felt bad about that. He really never cried as a baby expect when it was doctor visit day. He hated the doctor touching …

Melissa 
I was reading through the check list because a friend of mine said that her son was just diagnosed with this disorder. I wanted to know more about it. …

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Concerned for my Nephew 
I am worried about my 2 year old nephew, he is an extremely hyper little boy but to calm himself down he curls up in a blanket and smell your feet. It …

My almost-3-year old twin boy with sensory processing issues....please help 
Here's my almost-3-year old's story. Please help or offer any advice that you can. Thank you in advance!!!!!!!!! *Full-term twin boy, weighing 7 lbs, …

My five year old 
I have a five year old with all three types of spd and is very violent to himself and others he hurts him self really bad and i feel the person who has …

ASD TO SPD 
Heidi is 4. She was diagnosed a year ago with Autism Specturm Disorder. We have been working with a "RDI Floortime" specialist and she believes she is …

Rushed SID diagnosis gives me pause 
My 3 year old recently had a visit to a Neurologist and it was spent 1 hour in the waiting room, 30 more in the Doctor's office alone, and 8 minutes with …

I'm just not seeing it 
My 4 (almost 5) year old son has only a few of these "symptoms". His pre-Kindergarten teacher told me she thinks he has SPD because he is "too friendly". …

LIGHTBULB MOMENT! 
My little boy is being investigated for autism. I know he has some difficulties but I don't think autism is it. I have just read the checklist and I am …

Kathy and Ed 
13 Year Old Son, In pre-k his teacher told us she believed he had delayed gross and fine motor skills. We said "How dare you",She Pointed us to early intervention …

My 6 year old was hard to understand from day 1 
My first child, when he was just born, didn't have any sucking instinct. The formula had to be fed by a syringe and he had a severe reflux problem - projectile …

My son has been diagnosed with spd but a doctor had an arguement with me that it is a medical term... 
I am so confused right now. My six year old son has so many sensory needs. I took him to the OTR to have him diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder. …

Mom of two 
I have two girls. Both have difficulty with clothing, tags, textures and sounds. One child has so much difficulty with clothing that the mornings are …

And I thought I had Autism 
All my life I've known something was wrong with me, but no one could ever figure out what. in the past couple years my mother and I started suspecting …

Scholarly articles on classroom management and SI/SPD 
Greetings, I am a long-time educator-music therapist/spec ed teacher. I'm also a grandparent, raising my 6-year-old grandson who lives with SPD. I'm …

Does it get worse with age or better? 
My 7 yr old son has always been prone to "tantrums" when faced with a transition time. Turning off TV, time for dinner, change in plans etc. He also …

5 year old son with SPD? 
I have just finished reading through all of the material and I am more confused than ever. My son has always been challenging. He has low iron so he …

Can she be SPD and hit all of her milestones and be social all at the same time? 
My daughter, 5 years old in all day public pre-K, exhibits 52 of the above symptoms. She is very empathetic and loving, and her teacher says she is smart …

Opposite direction 
I have a almost 2yr old child in my daycare home and she always seems to use the opposite or goes in the opposite direction from what is needed. Examples …

Levi needs help "Do you have any ideas" 
Please don't use the unedited, I've been threw so much with a son that spins 3-5 hour a day, and we've been to four schools in one year.Levi who is a 4th …

3 year old son might have SPD,im scared for his brothers life!!!!! 
My 3 year old son carter is going to be tested for spd soon,he is a VERY picky eater,mostly only eats green soft foods green beans,asparagus ect.he also …

Not sure if my 4 yr old daughter has this? 
My daughter is 4 yrs old and she has some of these symptoms. I'm not sure if i should really bring this up with her doctor or not though. She has major …

SPD? Different from Day One 
My daughter will be 7 this summer. She is beautiful, very bright, empathetic and "different". I had a normal pregnancy except she was breach, anterior …

I really believe I have this, but no one believes me. 
About half a year ago, my mom and aunt were talking about my cousin, because the doctor was talking about this kind of disorder, and my aunt showed my …

Interesting! 
I stumbled across this while looking for something else, realised my husband has severe tactile dysfunction! wont wear clothes made from certain materials, …

Early Intervention 
My two beautiful kids who are 3 and 2, have sensory problems. they have both been working with an occupational therapist since they were both little babies. …

My children 
I have a girl 15 who is socially awkward, hides, does not what more then one friend at a time and then doesn't appear to get along with. she has no emotions, …

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Always jumping... 
My friends little boy (about 6 years old) when he returns home, the first thing he does is ..jumping! He does it sometimes at school but most at home. …

Jonathan  
I have tears in my eyes as I read all this information. For the past 7 years it has been a long hard road begging people to listen to me and get my son …

Concerned granny 
My grandson is six and in first grade. Child needed to be held almost continually since birth just to sleep for 20 minutes. Still does not sleep through …

Cyclothymic children grow up to be men too 
I want to say that children who have disorders like Cyclothymia grow up without being diagnosed. My husband was only recently diagnosed after being married …

PLEASE HELP ME AND MY BABY 
Ok my son is about to be 2 yrs old I was the happiest mommy alive when I had him I still am but with many stresses everyday is a new battle. I have gone …

Does my 11yr old have SPD?? 
My 11yr old refuses to wear certain clothes. ie Denim, and pants with buttons on the pockets, shorts of any kind. Shirts are worse, no tags is #1. He also …

Living for 13 years with SPD  
For 13 years I translated my son behaviour to others. I cried most of the nights wondering what is going on with him but outside I had iron face .one day …

DESPERATE MUM IN NEED OF SOMEBODY TO UNDERSTAND!!!!! 
I have a 7 year old daughter, who has suffered all her life with sensory disorder. She has struggled from birth to wear clothes, underwear and shoes as …

What are you eating now? 
My story began in February 2007. I had given birth to a perfect 8lb 5oz girl, the nurses came in and informed me that department of human services would …

Vaccines and Sensory Processing Disorders? 
Hi my son has been diagnosed with SPD and also has Auditory processing issues. My question is there any relationship between vaccinating our children and …

Sensitive 11 yr old son 
My son has always been extremely sensitive and cries very easily and clearly cannot control himself. He gets extremely upset when he doesn't get a perfect …

So... I am not alone. 
So why won't anyone take her diagnosis seriously? Why won't people stop touching her? Why won't anyone respect my wishes when it comes to my little girl? …

My amazing 4 year old 
I have an amazing four year old son. He is enthusiastic, and loving and funny. We have had issues with his "behavior" for over two years now. We are …

My story...... 
My son has always been different, i dont know what to do anymore. Hes always been difficult, he would never sleep, barely eat anything but one food, just …

No one ever understands me to this day. 
I'm a 20 year old female. I was diagnosed with Sensory Integration or Sensory Processing Dysfunction in 4th grade. Let's just say SPD for the time being. …

Child dislikes water 
My child almost 8 can not stand getting his hands wet. Even when it is hot out you can see he is not liking the idea of getting in the pool. He says …

My heart is breaking for my daughter! 
I have a six year old that won't wear clothes. In the summer when school is out, off come the clothes. This past summer my daughter wore one bathing suit …

My 4 year old son 
I don't know what to do. My son fits the auditory checklists and emotional checklist, but has no trouble with socializing or making eye contact. But …

My 7 year old grandson 
I have a beautiful grandson who just turned 7. He developed a problem with his shoes being put on and tied just right, or he would complain and get frustrated …

Mom of 4 yr old boy 
I'm reading "The Out of Sync Child" right now. My son's pediatrician suggested it at his 3 yr well child visit after I expressed concern to her about some …

Still not certain 
My Daughter is nearly six. For the last two years she has "hung" on furniture. She clings on to chairs, tables, benches etc using her forearms for support …

Help with results 
I am so confused by my son's results. We had him tested by the OT because of terrible handwriting issues. I am finding many things in the results that …

Think my son has SPD 
When I saw the checklist for SPD I see so many things that are true for my son. What therapies or treatment has worked for your kids? Please share.

I want to cry, Joshuas story! 
I am directly copying the note I wrote to the neurologist yesterday for my sons appointment. He said Sensory processing disorder and I read this sight …

SPD is ruling my life! 
My 4 year old son was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder about 6 months ago. I went through this checklist and am constantly learning new behaviors …

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Concerned mom 
My 2 yr old was born with the cord wrapped around his neck.. he has not been diagnosed with anything but there was some delays. He is 2 and although i …

Question 
Can they be obsessed with certain things? Like knifes and guns, we have an 8 yr old and he has toys and the usual. He wants to talk and play with knives …

20 year old College student  
My interest in this happened in my College PSY Child Development class and we will be learning about special education and Disabilities soon. I had asked …

A Positive Outlook! 
I am a 20 year old female. I have Dyslexia and ADHD. I was diagnosed 8 months ago. Without any help what so ever at school, I got the grades i needed to …

At my wits end 
I have an almost 4 year old daughter who is a monster. I love her with all of my heart, she can be a really wonderful child at times, but when she's angry …

Worried Mum 
My son turned 2 last month. He is generally well behaved and we can bring him anywhere i.e. into supermarkets, restaurants etc . He started babbling prior …

Auditory-Language Processing Dysfunction 
I am at a loss, I have been to many 'experts' since my son was about 1 year old, he is now 9. I had one of those 5 hour psychological tests on him and …

Special education teacher 
I am working with a first grader that has a wonderful personality. He just cannot focus. We have tried every accommodation that we can think of but he …

3yr old afraid of everything! 
I have a 3yr old girl. She is afraid of anything that moves. she is ok with people who walk and cars. she is afraid of babies that crawl, dogs, cats …

Still not sure :( 
When I started reading through the site I though, ah ha, perhaps i will find an answer here, however reading through ALL of the check lists, still feel …

May be denial? 
My son is almost 4 and since he was an infant we have been watching him very closely. He has 2 cousins, one with Asperger Syndrome and the other with …

6 month old ~ Not sure what to think! 
My son is 6 months old and is what I call a 'high maintenance baby'. My background is in Speech-Language Therapy and so maybe I am more tuned in to issues, …

Shelly 
My daughter has always been different then all my other kids. When first born it was obvious. When reading the check list I could not believe all the checks …

16 Month old son needs help 
Hi i have 16 month old baby boy. He was born full term with out any complications. He had gas and fussiness between 1 to 3 months and then he become ok. …

I need your help with my 7yr grandson 
My grandson has been diagnosed with SPD at the age of 5 he is now 7. Last year I spent many hours at his school to help the teacher with my grandson’s …

Oh well, i can't believe i have found other people with children like my little lady! 
Wow... I can't believe that there are other children out there that give their parents as much trouble as my little lady does me. My daughter is about …

Jorden 2 years July 22nd 
My son Jorden was a babbling baby all he did was babble and then started saying mama and dada and all of the above at about 9 months and on he would learn …

A brighter future? 
I am a 16 year old, and i have a Sensory Processing Disorder. Looking at this checklist now I can remember experiencing most of the items in tactile defensive, …

My 22 months old son could have written the SPD checklist! 
..and he also has some slight OCD tendencies,..he NEEDS to close all doors in the house, if a door doesnt close right or we tell him not to close the door, …

Advice for getting my son dressed 
I'm looking for some advice and help with my 4 1/2 year old son. I'm convinced he has sensory processing disorder and mainly as it pertains to tactile. …

This is my life story 
I'm 15. My parents told me to check this out and the majority is me. They are having me tested pretty soon.....

Mom of 2 boys, one Hypersentive and the other Hypo !?!? 
IN SHOCK! I might as well just divide the list in two columns: Hypersensitive column (my 3 year old) and Hyposensitive column (my 1 year 9mnth baby) and …

SPD?? perhaps Oral sensitivities? Advice greatly appreciated 
I have a 18month old boy - who suffered with glue ear from about 6 months, had grommets inserted at 12 months and was told would take a while for his babbling/words …

Hypersensitivity To Touch  
I have a 7yo son that has a real issue with his clothes. He will NOT wear jeans. They have to be the "sports pants" or "windbreaker" type pants. They …

Almost 3 yrs old ... possibly showing signs of Auditory Defensiveness? 
I'm reading this checklist because my daughter who is almost three has extreme fears of specific things; IE: hairdryer, public bathrooms (because of the …

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My sisters daughter 
Hi mu sister has a little girl called beth she is 4 years old - my sister is struggling to get a diagnosis or anyone to take her seriously. Beth mimics …

Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy 
You all should look into a group of conditions called Hereditary Sensory Autonomic Neuropathy. A lot, or almost all, of the symptoms fit the bill. A lot …

Atypical Autism 
Our little girl is turning 6 this year - I am confused by what professionals say and what is the problem and what we experience her to be: Her doctor …

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 …

This describes three of my four kids! 
I've spent four years wondering what's wrong with my 8yo daughter. For my 7yo son's entire life I thought he had ADHD. (I knew the day he was born that …

kay 
My daughter 11 years old . She seems to have some of these symptoms. She refuses to wear t-shirts and jeans . she will put liquid hand soap , body wash …

Could have put my sons name on the top and handed it in 
You try to tell your doctor and they tell you " he is a immature boy " " boys will be boys... they experiment " My favorite from his father who was beyond …

Sally Vesper MS OTR/L 
I have a whole new set of kiddos that I am working with. One is mild Asperger but with multiple sensory issues. The problem is he is 12 going on 30 and …

My 13 year old son... now it all makes sense 
My son is 13, and after reading the checklist, I can go down and say "he does that, he says that, etc". But at the age of 13 is there anything else that …

4 yr old boy adopted at 3 
My son is 4 yrs old. He came to me at a year old. He was and is a great sleeper, use to be picky about foods, but now eats almost anything and will try …

Had Suspicions  
I have had suspicions for awhile now about my son, who is 3. He will complain of being hungry and only eat 2 bites of the food, and truly prefers fresh …

Could this be SPD? 
Just this morning had a meeting with my 4.5 year old son's teacher. She believes he may have some sensory issues, for example he likes to make noises during …

This seems to fit my 4 yr. old to a T. 
We can't find comfortable panties, socks or shoes and many times shirts or pants!!! She can't be touched or hugged enough, likes to sleep super tightly …

Denial--is that part of SPD? 
My grandson is 6 years old and has been diagnosed with SPD. The one thing that I am not sure if it is SPD or he is just lying...ex: I could be watching …

Our Joslyn 
My daughter is 5 years old, but has been delayed developmentally. She has always been about a year behind. (crawled at one, walked at two, talked at three, …

7 year old daughter--this might finally explain things 
I am a teacher and have taken classes in special needs, but have never been able to "figure out" my 7 year old daughter. I took her to be evaluated at …

What do you make of my daughter 3.5 
I am trying to figure out if we are dealing with a sensory issues, possibly, sensory seeking. My DD had severe reflux for the first 12 months of her life, …

Does this sound like SPD?  
I have been a little concerned for my 7 year old. I thought he was just unco-ordinated and would grow out of it but it does not seem to be happening but …

I have this Disorder 
For all you who need to know, yes some kids (like myself) can have few of these symptoms. all you have to do for your kid is find out which ones he\she …

Two for Two and Defeated 
I have a 9 year old son that as a baby would not be held did not breast feed for more then a couple minutes no matter what, etc etc. He was totally textbook …

Struggling with diagnosis 
Hi My 3.5 year old daughter ticks nearly all the boxes under the Social, Emotional, Play, And Self-Regulation Dysfunction heading. We are in Ireland, …

Reading this checklist helps make sense of unusual behaviors 
This web site has been very helpful to me. This checklist helps explain some of the behaviors which we thought unusual in my granddaughter. She is 2 …

Could this be what is wrong with my daughter??? 
My daughter is 17 months old. Ever since she has been able to crawl practically i noticed something a little different in her.. She has always been "ahead" …

Concerned Mom 
How do I begin? My son is 17 and a senior in high school. He was born prematurely, and was diagnosed with Sensory Integrative Disorder at approximately …

My very bright daughter 
Hi, I have a daughter who will be 3(jan)this month. She is very bright and will repeat every phrase,dance move or song that you ask for her to do. …

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14 month old - hard to tell 
My daughter who is 14 months doesn't really fall into any of these sensory categories. If I had to pick it would be a visual "seeker" because she is all …

Grandmother 
I have a grandchild when asked if he wants to go on a boatride says no adamantly. When told okay then he get upset and wants to go. He really seems to …

Wardrobe Woes...and more 
When I say "wardrobe" it makes my post sounds so shallow but the struggles that my family has had with our six year old daughter is making us all weary. …

Concerned Grandmother 
Is it possible for a child to only exhibit a few of the symptoms? avoid eye contact, sensitive to smell and sound, unable to sit still very long unless …

Message of Hope to all of you worried about SPD 
It looks impossible, doesn't it... a child that twists and turns to clothes, smells, sights, food, and is strangely averse to light pats, to crowds and …

Just me 
Ok, so really? I mean it seems all kids have some of these things going on at some point as they are growing up. How is a parent supposed to know if it's …

Where do we start 
Ok so our son bright as button go's to nursery and boom tone of bricks hit us. His teacher takes dad a side and says that our son not doing too good. …

Parent of 3 1/2 year old (Mother) 
I found the checklist useful before and after my daughters evaluation. The booklet I had to fill out was a bit overwhelming for me. I had difficulty …

Concerned mum of 6yr old boy 
My boy is always very loving from a young age. At nursery he would not draw paint or hold a pencil,cut paper. They put it down because he hadn't decided …

Bells, whistles and LIGHT BULBS! 
Hello everyone! I have two daughters, almost 9 (Lily) and 6 (Leah). Leah is the one who has had issues most of her life. Physically, She had …

Questionable mom 
My daughter,5, has had some (A LOT) of the symptoms for as long as I can remember. She has been diagnosed with ADHD and a tic disorder, but I always felt …

Is this possible? 
My best friend recently learned that she was diagnosed as SPD as a child. I've known her since we were in the 1st grade and she's never seemed out-of-place, …

At wits end!? 
For about the last 4 yrs, my 8yr old son has been battling many of the items on the checklist. My wife and I have not taken him to a doctor because we …

Could my husband have this disorder? Help! 
When reading the symptoms, it seems like my husband may have some of them. My husband has a hard time bonding with people and showing emotion and establishing …

Quiky kid's mom 
My son is now four, but for the last 2 years, he has exhibited odd behavior. It seemed to start with a double ear infection where he had to have the rozephron …

What does this sound like to you?? PLEASE HLP!  
22 months old: - Hates bath and will not sit down in the tub, scared of bath - Terrified of water - pools, beaches - Dislikes diaper changes and …

Is Mixed expressive language disorder one of the LD's that are common with SPD? 
From the time my son was born I can look back and see that as an infant in the NICU (he is a twin and they were born 6 weeks early) he was distressed. …

Twin Mom 
We have identical twin boys, age 7. One displays symptoms of SPD and the other does not. Is this a genetic disorder? We are evaluating him for ADHD as …

My 16 month old son-sensory disorder or autism? 
Well I will try to make this as short as possible. we noticed at 12 months something just wasn't right. He is 16 mos. now and does not point, wave bye …

Lashing out at peers  
My son is 7 years old and we have been looking for an explanation for his behaviour since he was a baby. Having had ASD ruled out we have recently been …

SPD and the Orthodontist 
I just got back from the Orthodontist (my son's dentist suggested we go) and he wants me to have an apparatus put into his mouth. His jaw is not meeting …

Mom looking for help! 
I have three children, son 15, daughter 11, and my youngest is 7 and I have been noticing for some time now that she is different. This all started when …

What to tell school: Auditory defensive 
My 5 year displayed some pretty intense symptoms with regard to the auditory defensiveness earlier in life and it made life pretty difficult for him and …

Son will not chew. 
My 3 year old son will not chew his food at all and therefore can only eat semi or pureed food. He can be a very difficult and demanding child but also …

I have SID as an adult 
I was going through the checklist and found that over 85% of it applies to me. Living with this disorder isn't easy. I'm 21 now and have learned to cope …

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SPD and Auditory processing and speech problems 
I have a 4-year old son who I believe has SPD. But he also has some type of auditory processing problems. He also has a significant speech delay. He did …

Potty Training 
My husband and I have been trying to potty train our triplets for the past month. 2 have got the concept down but one of our boys was but now he is having …

Mom need helps 
Hi, My son will be of 4 Yrs. in the Nov'09. He have the below problems: 1. He shakes his head continuously. 2. He shakes his shoulders. 3. When …

Entering a new world but finally having understanding 
I have a 4 year old son named Ashton. He is my middle child. About 6 months ago I got a gut instinct that something was not quite "right" with his behavior. …

Not sure what is wrong 
My son is 5 years old. He is a great kid and very smart, but we have some real issues with him. He still isn't completely potty trained. He says that …

If SPD is the real deal...then my child is textbook SPD-Extreme. I'm scared. 
Our son is almost four years old. He is bright, funny, charming... really a majestic burst of light, momentum, energy at every turn. It also means that …

Mom needing guidance 
I think my son has this disorder. He is sensory seeking. Hypersensitive to sounds, and has auditory language processing problems. Where do I begin to …

What about social fears? 
This checklist was helpful to me to an extent when considering my three-year-old son's social fears, but it did not cover the issues that my son's OT has …

Exhausted - Lucky, don't want to give up 
I was lucky if you want to call it that. I had a friend that had a son that had been diagnosed with SID. We spent a lot of time together with our preschoolers. …

3 year old hypersensitive to touch 
Hi, since my son was a baby he always had some hypersensitive to get messy with food, paint, clay or any kind of sticky stuff. He never avoid people holding …

Alisa 
I have 4 children 1 has been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome(my oldest boy 13y), and one has been diagnosed with Sensory disorder(my youngest boy 4y). …

Oh my??!! 
It's so confusing and frustrating to know that there is something going on with your child and not being able to pin point it. My son just turned 5 this …

Looking for answers 
My son will be 5 in November. I have always worried that he may have autism but my mother in law, who is an OT says there is no way. He is a very sweet …

Just not sure 
I have a 5 yr old boy, hes in constant motion most of the time and doesn't not know how to give people personal space, he is still biting mostly out of …

Support to all with SPD  
I support all parents who are willing to learn about their child and search for help. Pat your backs. We are parents of a child who is 6 going on 7yrs. …

Please Help! Anyone! 
My son is now two and a half years old and I still do not have any kind of diagnosis for his behaviors. A child psychologist I saw once suggested that …

My 6 year old diagnosed with SPD  
Hello All! My 6 year old son was just diagnosed with SPD. He was born at 31 1/2 weeks gestation. He had OT and PT until he was 23 months old. From …

SPD or not?? Please Help 
I have a 12 month old daughter that seems to have many of the same symptoms as I have read. Since she had a high fever at 13 days old, that's when all …

The missing puzzle piece found at last 
My grandson is 3yr old and wow the pieces of the puzzle finally fit. When he was born he would not breast feed we just thought he wasn't able to latch …

Lost 
I have a 5 year old daughter. She is the best big sister but she gets easily distracted, has crying outbursts, and gets aggravated when she is told she …

Confused/worried mum of 11 month old 
Hi, I have been reading all the stories on this site but still not sure. My gorgeous baby girl does a few things that i am not sure of. I do have a …

5 yr old has no concept of consequences 
My 5 yr old is a strong sensory seeker. We have started therapy and I do plan on talking to her about this because I'm not even sure it falls under SPD. …

A Weight Has Been Lifted  
My son was diagnosed with SPD in January this year and what a huge weight this has lifted from our shoulders. I have always known that he was different. …

So that's it! 
My 7 year old son had so many issues with homework that frustrated me and my husband to no end. We knew he was intelligent because he could tell us lot's …

Parent 
I have two children. The 16 year old has Aspergers. Typical symptoms. Then came his sister. As I baby, she would hit me if I tried to hold her, As a …

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Exhausted and defeated 
I have a 3.5 year old son, sensory seeker, possibly mild Aspergers, and temperamentally very fussy and rigid. He has been in early intervention since …

Starting To Understand 
I have two beautiful little boys aged 6 and 8. For years I've been trying to understand why my oldest seems like the perfect child, while my youngest …

Confused!! 
I am a mother of two boys, ages 9 and 6. My nine year old has always been "quirky" for lack of better terms. I have said from the get-go that something …

Concerned and Confused!!!! 
I have a 15year old son who was diagnosed with ADHD @ 4 and 1/2. It was the constant, non-stop talking, running, jumping, inability to sit still, focus, …

Son of 5 yrs... Stressed Parents, but with hope 
when my son Zackery was born in 2003 June 17th, my wife and I had already lost a child to a miscarriage a few years prior 1999, I was an alcoholic fathers …

Should I do anything? 
I am currently a teenager. As a child I met so many of the traits of this list and my everyday life was affected by it. We didn't have much money though …

5 Year Old with SPD Symptoms 
My grandson had two holes in his heart when he was born. They did not grow closed on their own and he had open heart surgery at 10 months of age. When …

I May Have 2 Sons With SPD 
Hi I am a mother of 5 loving children.I have a 15yr old son,10yr old daughter,7yr old son,5yr old son and a 6month old son. I was told in 2007 through …

Stressed mum 
From birth my son (now 4) was difficult. He had acute colic at 5 days old, he needed to be held tightly in order to fall asleep. He cried much of the …

Is this SPD? 
5 year old with mild/moderate symptoms by: Anonymous My 5 year old son definitely has some sensory defensiveness issues. He is in Kindergarten and …

13 month old just diagnosed with SPD 
My 13 month old DD was just diagnosed by her OT with Sensory Processing Disorder. She is not walking or cruising furniture yet; just prefers to crawl and …

SPD explained ME to ME! 
I'm a 23 year old female and all of my life I spent being overly emotional, stressed, always feeling like I'm different, wrong or just not able to understand …

Worried Father 
Hello all, My 21 month old son has a problem eating solid food. The only thing he eats is pureed food.That is the main purpose of us going to a …

Could my daughter have SPD? 
My 2 1/2 year old daughter has always seemed a little different from other children her age. She seems pretty mild, but has some issues with food (i.e. …

That explains alot. 
My 23 month old will not chew food even though he has all his teeth. It has gotten worse lately where he wont even eat foods he has tried and liked before. …

I HAD ASKED EVERYONE 
My daughter is 2 1/2yrs old. We have been to multiple pediatricians and specialists. Everyone always gave us the same answer 'she's growing fine, come …

Question--Please Help 
Can SPD go hand in hand with Autism??

Could this be SPD?! 
My daughter is 15 years old. As an infant she never slept and had to be held constantly. Shes always had problems with food- she has never eaten meat, …

Help! Does my 8 year old have spd?... 
My 8 year old daughter and I have battled with clothing for as long as I can remember. I put it down to her being 'awkward' and 'hard work' until two days …

SPD and Speech Delay connection in a 19 mth old 
Feeling a bit overwhelmed... Today my 19 month old son was diagnosed with SPD. I knew something was up but had never heard of SPD. He is constantly …

OCD along with SPD 
Does anyone have a child that has OCD? My son has an appointment March 13th to be checked for OCD and ADD. He was diagnosed with SPD when he was 8 years …

Jackie 
I only found out on Friday 13 that my 4year old has sensory disorder. I have known as a mother something was wrong. She plays on her own when friends are …

Could this be SPD? 
Ok.. daughter (4.7 years old, full time Pre-K) got diagnoses with ADHD with LD Februray 2nd Daughter finally saw the school speech therapist on February …

An understanding companion 
My daughter is six years old and about 18 months ago was diagnosed with SPD. The jigsaw pieces started to fit and suddenly we understood the reason for …

Mom of gifted child seeking answers. 
I landed here today as I am looking for a high school for my son that is gifted in math and science, visual spatial learner and inventive thinker. …

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Anonymous 
My daughter (just turned 3) has many of the symptoms, but I am really confused because her reactions are not very severe. For example, she doesn't like …

Getting Ready for Kindergarten  
My son Jason is 5 years old and was diagnosed with SPD around age 3. He has been attending Early Childhood Special Education since. I have seen lots …

Ok . .  
My son is ADHD. It was suggested that his ADHD might be aggravated by a sensory disorder. So I got online to do some research and . . . my daughter has …

Perhaps you know CJ? 
My son just turned three and we are waiting on some appointments for potential high functioning autism screenings/ language screenings.... although after …

OMG! 
Okay... there is not a child out there that does not exhibit a dozen or more of the items on the check list! I would be concerned if I didn't see anything …

Curious pre-school teacher 
I came to this site curious about whether it could offer me some insight about a child in my class. What I found was info about my 8yr old daughter who …

Experienced Mom 
Imagine getting all the answers of why your child reacts differently from other children. I got all the answers that I needed when my son was just 17 months …

The out of sync child 
I already have 2 children diagnosed with SPD (dyspraxia_ However I am just in the process of seeking out information about my 16 month old daughter …

Thank You! 
I have a 10 yr old that has several of the hypersensitive to touch symptoms. I went through the list with him and realized he had more than I was aware …

Adopted child....no answers until NOW! 
Our precious boy was adopted (foster care at two days old) and was exposed to alcohol and drugs daily prenatally. His behaviors did not start really emerging …

Tired mom 
wow I still cry a little when I read your site. What an amazing Christmas gift for me to find this. My son is 3.5 and I have known there was something …

I am in tears... 
I feel I have some help. My daughter will be 7 next month and I have been battling the clothes issues/socks, shoes, panties, etc, etc, etc. Her father …

Need More Information 
My ex-wife seems to be convinced that our 3 year old son has Proprioceptive Dysfunction. I do not concur at this point in the game but I am not a Neurologist. …

My 4 year old son was just diagnosed with SPD  
For the past three years I have had a very hard time understanding why my son does some of the things that he does. The daycare he attends has been wanting …

Finally... An answer! 
My son is 4 and has SPD, I'm convinced of it. His neurologist has said he thought it's Aspergers, but I know it's not. He is such a classic case, scored …

Insightful 
I have 2 daughters and 1 son who is 5. My daughters had little to no problems growing up but my son is a whole different story. He has had problems …

WOW! 
I can't believe some of the things that are placed as "symptoms" - What if kids really are being kids. Many of these behaviors I had when I was small and …

Preschool teacher twos 
On open house day Patrick ran into the classroom, picked up a plastic chair and threw it. He then began his bouncing chant/yell Ahh Ahh Ahhh that I have …

Concerned mother 
My son is 7 years old and exhibits a number of symptoms of SPD. He does not seem as severe as others (I have a nephew with Aspergers) so I have kind of …

10 yr Old Boy 
My son is your typical 10 yr old kid, he wants to run, play football and make friends. He is very sweet and compassionate and wants to fit in the problem …

Very interesting resource 
Just had a parent teacher conference for our 5 year old today. His wonderful and very seasoned teacher is convinced that a lot of the challenges our son …

I need help with my son 
I a very concerned about my son. He was diagnosed at 4 with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, but a very mild case. He is now 10. Our insurance will not …

Emotional and hypo-smell 
Recently my dad has become terminally ill. He has become a very angry hateful man to all of us who love him. He has always been critical but he is being …

Hopefully an answer 
My nine year old daughter has been overly sensitive to tastes, sounds, and touch her entire life. She can taste the slightest amount of spice in foods, …

Concerned Mom to 4 yr old Gabe  
Hello, my name is Denise, My husband and I have a four year old boy Gabe. We have had a couple of challenging years with Gabe. To begin, Gabe was Speaking …

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Finally this might be the answer 
I am a mom of a wonderful guy who has puzzled me for the last 19 years. I have searched many books, looked for answers, visited with different people and …

So relieved to find this site 
I am a 34 year old mom of 4 kids. I have 3 boys & one girl. My daughter who is 4 years old, always from the time of her birth had an issue with clothes …

Concerned friend 
My daughter is 3 now and has been friends with a little boy, same age, since birth. The two go to nursery school together full time and we share a carpool …

A name to my craziness 
I grew up with many problems that everyone just disregarded, and many people told me to keep my complaining to myself. I am nineteen years old, and everyday …

The apple does not fall far from the tree... 
I've always known that I was a little different when it came to certain things, but after researching what was ailing my daughter I have come to find out …

Thank you for this site 
I am a 33 year old single parent. My son is 5 and has been having difficulties for years. He was better when I took him out of daycare and he was being …

My Super sweeties 
I Have three kids 11, 6,and 3. After reading this I must admit at least 2 if not all three seem to be afflicted with one or more sensory disorders. …

confused and desperate for answers 
My daughter is 6 and has been the challenge in our family since she was born. As an infant she ruled by the amount of sleep the she got. If she was tired, …

Not sure if its spd ?? or me reading too much ?? 
My 4 and half year old boy is having major problems with his socks and underpants and labels ... he says they are not right, they itch him, and they are …

My son Jack who is 10 
My eldest son has from a very young age had very demanding behaviour problems. He had a delay in his speech and play. His speech is adequate for his …

Perplexed Mom 
I have a question. My son is 9. He has been home schooled all his life and we are just now seeing some major difficulties with him. He is starting the …

Why would you tell your pediatrician ... 
You know - there has been something odd about my son. I just could not put my finger on it - My husband and I have been talking to our pediatrician for …

17 month old daughter with SPD 
My daughter has been in OT since she was about 14 months old. My husband and I never really thought of her little quirks as being much of anything else, …

My son hates metal 
My 4 year old is fascinated with how everything smells. After my husband gets home from work he has to shower if he wants to be near our son. He tells …

Love the checklist 
I just wanted to drop you a few lines to let you know that the Sensory Checklist you have posted here on the site is awesome! I copied and pasted it into …

The Sensory Checklist 
The Sensory Checklist New Jersey Question about the Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist. Can a therapist copy the checklist to use with parents …

How come the overwhelming majority of cases are boys? 
It makes me suspicious of reinforcing gender stereotypes.

Connecting The Dots 
I have been trying to make sense of my 9 year olds behavior since he was 2. I have always dealt with his behavior as something that will pass or just …

Nephew 
I have a nephew, who i thought might be autistic, but it could very well be the sensory disorder. he is completely out of touch with any other person but …

Memory? 
Out of curiosity, I am wondering if another symptom of SPD is having an extremely good memory of what happened let's say, 3 years ago, detail by detail, …

6yr old clothing problems 
My oldest daughter is 6. For the past 3 years she has had an issue with jeans and underwear.....ex: fitting too tightly; not in the "right" spot; too …

Need help 
I have a 8 year old boy who has been diagnosed with everything from anxiety, ADHD, bi polar, ODD. The medication don't work and no body can tell me why …

My Sister's Kid is HYPERACTIVE 
My younger sister has a healthy boy who is 3 years old. This boy is always on the move literally running and does not seem to rest except when he's asleep. …

I am so relieved! 
My 4 year old son has been having problems since he was born. I have been told that it could autism, ADD, ADHD,or any other number of things. However, …

Stressful mornings 
Our daughter is going to be 4 yrs in Nov 2009. We recently were told about SPD and after reading about it...Wow...I really think she has tactile issues. …

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TO EVERYONE HERE... YOUR CHILD MAY BE GIFTED 
Many gifted children have sensory issues, ADHD, slight Autism, social issues (getting along well with older kids not with peers) and other behavioral/developmental …

Still wondering 
My son is 11 and diagnosed with ADHD and on Meds but there's still something just not right. He's very clumsy and always full of bruises that according …

THANK YOU A LOT 
Have you ever noticed that 90% of these alleged "symptoms" are NORMAL ACTIVITIES or things people (including kids) NORMALLY may or may not like, and that …

We have both ends of the spectrum 
My two children are at the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to sensory issues. My son, who's four, is oversensitive to touch and sounds. He's …

Stephanie & a sweet loving little boy  
I went to the Marcus Institute and we packed up and went looking for another DR. I THOUGHT this time the AUTISM Disorder would be diagnosed right. Well …

Grays Harbor CASA Program Coordinator 
I appreciate the information and will share it with CASA Volunteers. It was very helpful in understanding this huge disorder and will be shared with others …

How many total points on checklist for a significant problem? 
The checklist itself is great, but there's no "point ranges" for different levels of the disorder. How am I supposed to know how far away I am from average, …

Which Checklist Is Appropriate 
I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter with Triple X and we think she is having sensory issues. Which checklist should be used? Hi Linda, Ah, the chances …

Mom over 30 Not rated yet
Um... wow, I looked at this checklist, knowing I would find my 7 yo daughter on it, not realizing that over half of the hypersensitive checklists applied …

Grandmother of a 3-year-old boy whose parents both have ADD. Not rated yet
He just started pre-school after being at home with dad for almost a year. He had very little tolerance for "group" anything and would throw himself to …

I was diagnosed as "retarded", then "gifted"! Not rated yet
When I was a child I was always uncomfortable, physically. I could not stand being touched and was therefore unable to appreciate physical affection. The …

I am not alone nor CRAZY! Not rated yet
Thank you for this. After being force fed psych medications i said enough at 25. Found of my entire endocrine system wasnt working and my thyroid was off. …

4 year old daughter with possible SPD Not rated yet
Ever since my daughter was a baby i knew something was off. She hated cuddling, even as a 2 month old. She would arch her back or lift her head up. She …

Mom of 2 Not rated yet
I have a son age 4, he has Autism, first he was diagnosed with a developmental delay and sensory dysregulation. Now I have an 18 month old who is showing …

You can do Something Not rated yet
My son has symptoms. It's only in seeing him did I realise I had too. I went on to be a professional rugby player. I had to work on proprioception and …

Teenager SPD disorder  Not rated yet
I have been dealing with an out of control child for at least 11 years.Since she was born,she started having trouble.She was born with jaundice and had …

Mom of 7 yr old Son supsect SPD Not rated yet
My son is an amazing loving boy however his whole life has been suffering with various issues which seemed to me over time out of the norm. Sever eczema …

Finally found the answers Not rated yet
I've always known my 5 year old child to be different. He won't wear certain clothes, hates to hear the water run in the tub, toilets flushing in public. …

This Explains it all! Not rated yet
From birth, I have went through and experienced many if not all of these at one time or another in my life. I can't stand tags, or certain fabrics or heights. …

Scored 13 above for 6 yr old son Not rated yet
My son has many of the behaviors in the social, emotional and sensory-seeking categories but a few others as well. He is 6-1/2 and one year ago (the summer …

No Pockets! Not rated yet
My son is 4 years old and seems to have several of the behaviors I am reading about here. What brought me to this site was my Google entry about his absolute …

Mrs. G Not rated yet
My daughter is now 5 years old. I've been concerned about her development for years and have continuously spoken to her doctors about it, but have been …

Joan Ross Baker, School Psychologist and Grandparent Not rated yet
Grandson just turned 4. He eats very little and the food has to be cold. He has had 2 bikes and motor cars to ride and has difficulty coordinating all. …

Worn Out Mommy Not rated yet
I have 10 year old daughter who had been diagnosed with ADHD and Bipolar and is on meds for this...she is doing well in school now...we are still working …

Extremely Confused and Lost Not rated yet
My 2 1/2 year old is a very very picky eater, she doesn't talk much either. I always hear that by her age she should be saying short sentences or putting …

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Is it familial? Not rated yet
3 children with spd. Each affected differently. My oldest will go to college in the fall. My 2 youngest are struggling with eating/feeding disorders. They …

12 years old and not sure  Not rated yet
i am 12 years old and i may have this disorder. i only prefer soft food,i hate loud sounds and i often tell people to be quiet. i hate light touches and …

2 year old boy with hyper sensitivity Not rated yet
My son has cried all day everyday from the time he was born, had seizures at 18 months. He refuses to be handed anything you have to put it on the table …

Our story Not rated yet
My twelve year old daughter has SPD she seems very lazy and wont get off the computer she HATES exercise and moves very awkwardly. yet she still loves …

11 year old daughter, not sure. Not rated yet
My daughter is 11 and shows some of these signs. Looking back this has been going on for a while. She has always had a tick of opening her mouth really …

Frustrated mom of Teen Not rated yet
My teenage daughter was diagnosed in second grade and still has difficulty with peer relationships. She is extremely sensitive and is prone to outbursts. …

SPD Not rated yet
My son is 11 he has always givin me a hard time since he was little , about not wanting to wear certain socks , underware have to be snug and he has to …

Alex 2010 Not rated yet
My son wasn't walking at 18 months so I took him to see his pediatrician who suggested some tests at Seattle Childrens Hospital. This is where I first …

Elijah Not rated yet
My son Elijah is 4.5 and was diagnosed with a microchromosome 16 deletion syndrome back in January because he is not verbal. What I have learned through …

Parent of Adult Child with SPD Not rated yet
My daughter is now 20 years old. She still has poor motor skills and so does not know how to use a blow dryer or curling iron. Whenever she is watching …

Kate L Not rated yet
My son is now 12 years old and I wish I had read this check list years ago.

My special boy Not rated yet
My son has all sorts of the symptoms listed. He is seven now but as young as 2 i remember that when i used to jog with him in the stroller the moment a …

Is it possible Not rated yet
Is it possible that as an adult (Im 47yrs old)i may have had sensory processing disorder all my life and not realised i have it too. My 5yr old son has …

Toddler that cant eat.. Not rated yet
hello.....im a mother of 3.....my youngest however has an issue and it is leaving me clueless.....doctors also. it started when he had a case of the flu......he …

Your not alone  Not rated yet
AFTER READING THIS THREAD , I REALIZE NOW MY 4 YEAR SON NEEDS HELP. IVE BEEN THINKING ITS SOMETHING HES GOING TO GROW OUT OF BUT ITS ONLY GETTING WORSE …

This explains a lot  Not rated yet
Im 15, and i just realized that i have over half of these symptoms..this explains so much into why i do what I do!

Mother Not rated yet
My child is a very mature and a social person with a great imagination. He does well in school and has a huge heart toward others. He wants to please …

Finally Not rated yet
I'm a 16-year-old girl who was always at odds with the world around her, right from infancy. I had and have problems with almost every single section …

Cannot sit still Not rated yet
My 5 year old has been rather unique from birth. He is our 4th child, so we are not novices in regards to how children act. WE ARE novices when faced …

Thank you for your stories!!! Not rated yet
I have a son that I am in the process of getting reviewed for autism and I fell onto this site and so many of his symptoms are like these too. I am hoping …

A-haa SPD Not rated yet
I have just had a meeting with my 5 year old sons school teacher who told me she thought he has sensory processing issues. As soon as she said it the morning …

It is real Not rated yet
WOW! This is MY son! He never wanted to be held or rocked. Cried almost all the time. He was not 'colicky' but it was like he was 'lost' in the crying. …

Mother Not rated yet
I have a 4yr. old son that has spd and for yrs. was told he was fine and that i was being overprotective because i was a new mom.I have been fighting for …

3yr old with Oral and Movement Hyposensativity Not rated yet
I've always thought my son was just quirky. He's smart and polite, energetic and kind. Some of his odd behaviors include: always being naked even in the …

Looking for answers Not rated yet
We have a 6 yr old daughter that is having a very hard time in school ( and everywhere else for that matter) due to her sensitivity to coughing or crying. …

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Concerned Mother Not rated yet
I have a 2yr old who was having tantrums/meltdowns from even before he was one! He was always cranky crying& at times screaming and would fight to go to …

Unsure Not rated yet
Ok well my daughter is 10 and as been in therapy for years, and not till recently have I ever heard of SPD. I am not sure if its possible, but as going …

Find the right words to describe issues Not rated yet
My son is almost 7 and has always been a little off but I have never had the words to go with his actions. He is not on the autism spectrum nor does he …

Finally an answer!! Not rated yet
I am in tears to finally have a name and a reason my son can't get past some of these quirks. Thank you so much!!

Hyposensitivity To Touch (Under-Responsive)  Not rated yet
My 16 month old grandson hit's himself and other's,head bang's,scream's,bite's,pull's his and or other's hair,hit's himself and other people very hard …

Do u think my 3.5yr old has this disorder? Not rated yet
My son shows the following characteristics that I think are slightly off: - he watches his shows, listens to a particular song, wants a certain book read …

What is next? Not rated yet
Hi What do you do to help your son, if he has the above problems? Diet, training, vitamins?

Helped in taking notes before our appointment Not rated yet
This helped greatly to prepare our notes before our Early intervention evaluation. Thank you very much.

Elanie 12345 Not rated yet
My son has a mood disorder can he also have a sensory disorder?

Beth Capodanno, hs art educator, artist, author, mom of a boy who's diagnosed PDDNOS Not rated yet
Hi my son was tested and placed into an early intervention program at 2 1/2 yrs. old. I noticed when he turned 2 that he began to act strangely. He was …

Granddaughter refuses to try anything new, refuses medicine Not rated yet
My Grandaughter at the age of 10 months started stemming. At 12 months would walk on her tippy toes. By the age of two would eat only specific foods, She …

Sad... Not rated yet
I have been after our nurse practitioner for the past few years crying, begging, frustrated and pleading with her to send my son to a pediatrician or some …

Sensory inconsistencies Not rated yet
I really appreciated reading that sensory processing deficits can be inconsistent; meaning, present one day and not the next. That is absolutely my experience …

Rxwoman Not rated yet
My daughter's 3 yr old is very much like his father, who was once diagnosed as ADHD. Several of the hypo-sensory categorys describe both of them so accurately …

SPD is a story in progress Not rated yet
Our now 14 year old son is hopefully turning the corner on his life dealing with SPD. I posted his physical and emotional problems last year. Diagnosed …

Bipolar vs. SPD Not rated yet
Our 30 year old daughter has decided that, although diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, she has Sensory Processing Disorder. She has no diagnosis of SPD. …

My 10 year old daughter has rod-cone dystrophy, SPD, high blood cholesterol etc... Not rated yet
I have 3 kids, the first two was perfectly normal but my 3rd child was diagnosed with rod-cone dystrophy at age 4, and I just discover that she has SPD …

Mrs Deborah Toombs Not rated yet
I think the check list is brilliant. My son is now 8 and a half and we have been trying to get a diagnosis for him since he was 3 and a half. The school …

What to do? Not rated yet
My 3 year old has many symptoms of SPD, she currently receives speech therapy in the Head Start Program in the local school district. I have had trouble …

Excellent and Comprehensive Not rated yet
I used your checklist 3 yrs ago before we got our official diagnosis and was able to figure out with 100% accuracy what our OT ended up telling us. It …

Chewing problem Not rated yet
hi my son is 2 yrs old. he was a premature baby, and he still only eats pureed food. he does not eat solid food at all. if we try to force solid foods …

Signs of Auditory Dysfunction Not rated yet
I have always known that my 9 year old boy has fine motor problems. He never liked to color as a preschooler and now seems to be behind in writing neatness. …

Parent of an adolescent with Sensory Processing Disorder Not rated yet
I wanted to share my story because I feel like it would benefit many others who were in similar situations. My son Joe has always had difficulty in school …

mkm mom Not rated yet
I have two daughters the oldest 3 and youngest 18 months. Both have been diagnosed with epilepsy and are being treated. I have always struggled to get …

kim weiland Not rated yet
This is my son. Cant believe this is the first time reading this list. My son is 6 and im floored to say the least. Thanks for all the info. …

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Fascinating Site! Not rated yet
Sounds like my grown, now 39 and 42 y.o. kids who had serious problems when they were little. Both were cured through rare foods allergy rotation diet, …

Me Not rated yet
Hypersensitivity To Smells (Over-Responsive): _x_ reacts negatively to, or dislikes smells which do not usually bother, or get noticed, by other …

My daughter and me Not rated yet
Auditory-Language Processing Dysfunction: __ unable to locate the source of a sound __ difficulty identifying people's voices __ difficulty discriminating …

CHILDREN'S NEEDS AND SCHOOL WORKING WITH YOU Not rated yet
I have three boys they all have they have SPD. My 18 yr. just got out of high school. To learn that he lost alot of his education. My 11 yr. old his having …

Finally know I'm not alone at 32! Not rated yet
I've been diagnosed for years as having AD/HD...but I've always known there was more. I've been told I'm bipolar and several other labels but everything …

My 2 year old son?? Not rated yet
My son Brayden just turned two he is seeing a speech therapist and a behavior therapist. They both that he has this sensory disorder. He continuous jump, …

Hypersensitivity to Movement (under-responsive) Not rated yet
My grandson is 5 years old and appears to be your average 5 year old. He is very intelligent, enjoys being hugged and kissed and loves his younger brother. …

Turning "Thee" Years Old Not rated yet
My son is extraordinarily loving, perceptive, and caring. He will initiate contact by waving to strangers and saying "hello" until acknowledged. This is …

Dr: Amal  Not rated yet
my daughter Yomna she is now 9 years&9 month. I started to notice that she is not normally growing as her peers since she was one year old. she was falling …

Mother of a 5 year old Not rated yet
Well i can see my daughter having a lot of these issues but mostly she has anxiety and most likely an emotional issue. we have found a professional to …

Wondering About My Granddaughter Not rated yet
My granddaughter will be a year old this month and she still does not roll over all the way. She is a healthy weight and size. Alert and interactive. …

Concerned grandparent Not rated yet
Our grandson is 12 months old and does crawl, stand or walk. He sits very well and passes objects from hand to hand. He does not put things to his mouth …

It confirmed some things Not rated yet
I was talking to lady one time and telling her about my son. She said it sounded just like her son and sent me on the quest to find out about this disorder. …

There is hope... Not rated yet
My son was diagnosed with a sensory modulatory disorder when he was about 7 years old. I was given an article on sensory integration problems - the first …

2 SPD girls Not rated yet
I have two girls that mark most of the symptoms. The first was diagnosed with autistic speech regression by the neurodevelopmentalist at age 20 months. …

Fed up with CAMHS Not rated yet
My son (8) has never exactly been easy. After months of being passed from pillar to post with CAMHS they have diagnosed him as having ADHD, made me watch …

My 4 year old has this and now I think I do to. Not rated yet
Growing up I exhibited some of the symptoms from various parts of the above and looking back the signs for both my son and I were right there now that …

Thyroid problem? Not rated yet
I would think that if someone has a problem with Internal Regulation (The Interoceptive Sense), that they should definitely get their thyroid checked …

101 Dysfunctions Not rated yet
What a useful checklist! Thank you! Our son displays 101 of the characteristics. We meet with his school next Monday to discuss resources available to …

Confused Not rated yet
I've never really thought I had something wrong with me...I noticed my whole life I've had trouble with my left and rights. I've been overly annoyed with …

Almost three and she screams for no apparent reason.. Not rated yet
I'm a care giver and I'm currently watching a little girl of 32 months. In the first few days of watching her I sensed she had a sensory problem but didn't …

Can a child grow out of this? Not rated yet
So my son is now 6. He has quite a few of these symptoms. Scattered across a bunch of areas (sensitivity to light, always is cold, terribly dry skin …

Does My 2 1/2 y.o Daughter Have Tactile Dysfunction: & Babanski's? Not rated yet
Angela was born 8/08. So she is still under 3 years of age. I raised my concerns to the Doc and he said bring her to Physical therapy. I did last week …

Going for Psycholgical assessment soon Not rated yet
My 3 year old son is going for autistic psychological assessment soon. He has been going for early intervention school since 2.5 years. We roughly know …

Dr. Tony Attwood says of my case, "An ususal case of Asperger's". Not rated yet
It is far too much to tell here. Please read my brief essays published as blogs @ my Wordpress page. link: http://autisticaplanet.wordpress.com Adult …

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Our Journey. Not rated yet
My son is 4 years old. He has always been different but up until recently i thought it was just normal and he would grow out of it. Over the summer I …

Mother seeking answers to help my son. Not rated yet
My son was diagnosed just before 2 years of age with Global Developmental Delays. He is now 4.5 and since then I have had him in Speech, Occupational …

Amazing from day one Not rated yet
My daughter came out of the womb crying and fussy, this continues to the present day she is 10 and has always been different. 3 severe ear infections …

Desperate For Advice Not rated yet
I have a 3 1/2 year old step son that was premature. The entire family blames the premature for is behavior. For the most part, they are in denial that …

25yr old student Not rated yet
I got on here to look up symptoms for my son and realized that he didn't have that many just a picky eater and repetitive play. But I had tons of them …

Confused Not rated yet
I watch my god daughter everyday and love it. I have two boys myself but never experienced any of these issues. So I am wondering if I should be concerned. …

Occupational Therapist Not rated yet
I am a contract occupational therapist, who is working at a therapeutic day school (and residential)for students who have emotional disorders. I started …

Jasmyn Not rated yet
My daughter is 5 years old now, she was 2 when I really started noticing a problem with her being frustrated and upset all the time. Looking back now she …

This is such a help for Speech therapists! Not rated yet
I'm a speech-language pathologist and I work with children. This checklist has allowed me to understand different types of sensory processing issues and …

Its all about them.  Not rated yet
My Daughter has grown so much in 4 yrs. She had and still has so many issues. Too many to name, but much less than 2 years ago. Many of the same things …

Seeing myself here! Not rated yet
How strange. So I came to this sight bc my friends son was diagnosed with SPD and when she started talking about his symptoms I thought, huh, that sounds …

Do they or Don't they? Not rated yet
I have two well behaved, and to the world at large, fun loving,vibrant and happy girls ;) The eldest, 10yrs, is a talker, with highlevel speech for …

13 years old and still uncomfortable Not rated yet
Ever since I was born, I had over-sensitivity problems with my hearing and touching senses. I'm now 13 years old and even though I was said to have gotten …

STBX refuses to believe our 2yr old has SPD Not rated yet
Just yesterday my 2.5 yr old was diagnosed with SPD. He's been kicked out of 2 daycares for biting, tackling, tantrums, etc... He is always seeking …

Our Journey: There is Hope Not rated yet
My son is three and half and we began suspecting something was amiss when he was 18 months old and he completely stopped talking or babbling. We had issues …

Sensory Checklist Not rated yet
Wow! This has got to be worth following up. We've been going crackers trying to figure out that "Missing Something" for the last 5 years.The nursery and …

1st grader with mild sensory issues! Not rated yet
My 7 year old started 1st grade and wets himself regularly. I have a watch that vibrates every 2 hours so that he will use the toilet. So far, so good. …

I Wish I knew Then... Not rated yet
All I can say is that my daughter is 26 years old and if I knew then, what you all are learning now, our lives would have gone so much easier! Over and …

OMG! This totally describes several members of my family! Not rated yet
After complaining about my son at work one day (I worked with OT, SLP and PT)they encouraged me to get him referred for SPD. After going to my pediatrician …

Adopted 4 Year Old With ASD/ADD, but no PSD Individual diagnosis Not rated yet
My son has been diagnosed with ASD, & ADHD, and has even attended Occupational Therapy. But, he has not been specifically given a diagnosis for a PSD disorder. …

my 3 1/2 year old daughter.... Not rated yet
Im not sure what to say so ill just try to start at the beginning... Ever since my daughter was born shes been extremely sensitive to touch, light and …

Mother trying to figure out 6 year old son Not rated yet
I have known for years that my son Caleb is "different." He was a very fussy baby; didn't like being laid on his stomach or back..always wanted to be …

Mom has it worse than son? Not rated yet
Never diagnosed, people just said it looks like Autism about my son. Meanwhile my whole life I have been deeply affected by annoying people around me and …

Desperate to find help Not rated yet
We adopted our 10.5 yr old son out of foster care when he was 4 years old. At that time he was labeled a feral child because he had absolutely no social …

Uncovering answers Not rated yet
I knew my son wasn't ADHD, even though testing showed 'borderline'. He was 6 at the time, and I wasn't willing to label him as such. I became adamant …

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Love the checklist Not rated yet
A lot of these symptoms on the checklist i have. I have always wondered why i did some of these things, like always having to move, has the need to touch …

Concerned Nanny Not rated yet
For the past few months (and even 5 years) I have been nannying for a family with two children. I have been noticed certain sensory issues that both of …

Looking back Not rated yet
Am amazed. My daughter recently diagnosed with aspergers and has always had obvious sensory input disorder and has many of the symptoms listed under hypersensitivity …

Christeena Miller Not rated yet
I found out a few yrs ago that my son, age 6 now, has Aspergers ASD. I was just about to commit myself when my therapist said it's not you, it's your son. …

Mystery solved? Not rated yet
When I was a child, I couldn't stand the touch of my siblings, if they touched my arm, or my leg, I would "wipe it off", not because I was afraid of germs, …

I understand! Not rated yet
I was diagnosed with SPD, and most things on here are very familiar. I'm 17 now, but the past was rough, as most people didn't, and some still don't, understand …

7 Year Old Son, Just Diagnosed with SPD Not rated yet
My son just turned 7 years old. Right before he turned 2, he started having these terrible tantrums for no reason. Once he got set off, we could not …

Dana Dwyer Not rated yet
I always had struggles as a child. My younger brother was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was 13. Still no one ever thought that I may have a reason for …

Mom with two great boys! Not rated yet
So my 4-yr old all of a sudden finds himself in Kindergarten (we just moved to Cali from another state and the birthday cut-off is December; his is November). …

CircleCNP Not rated yet
Wow this list is very enlightening. I have fibromyalgia and ADHD. I have 4 children with varying degrees and flavors of ADHD as well. I have always …

Interesting Read. Not rated yet
I stumbled across this site while trying to come up with some solutions for my son. I hate the idea of "labels", so usually gloss over this type of stuff. …

Relieved parents Not rated yet
We have a 5 year old daughter that we adopted 2 and half years ago. We had very little birth history. At first we put alot of her issues/problems down …

I'm gathering information for My friend Not rated yet
My friend Sara* (* is name changed) has had residential custody of her stepdaughter, Jane* since she was 3 months old. Lily*, Janes' biological mother, …

My Grandson Jamie Not rated yet
My beautiful Grandson is just 5yrs old he has just started school at The Orchard, Oldbury, West Midlands UK. It had been thought that he was Autistic, …

Help! Not rated yet
Hi, I'm at my witts end! I have 3 children, my son has moderate autism he is 5. My middle child 3 and has mild autism. My youngest is two. When she …

THANK YOU! Not rated yet
My son, now 5, has never do much as flinched during shots at the doctor. He was diagnosed with Apraxia at age 3 but I always knew that there was something …

Wife, mother with MS in neurophysiology Not rated yet
Poor Tactile Perception And Discrimination: My husband of more than 20 years has a set of touch issues that I have tried to understand for years. We …

A lot to think about Not rated yet
I have 2 boys. One is 9 and the other just turned 5. We recently started looking for help with our 5 year old due to violent outbursts and an inability …

Good insight. Not rated yet
I didn't realize how many unexplained symptoms my son had that were all related to his sensory issues. My son has a PDD Autism diagnosis.

Too many friends in the spectrum Not rated yet
I am a former teacher, and during my years off from school, I have had more friends contact me regarding the topic of SID. This check list reinforced the …

Anything about SPD in Brazil? Not rated yet
Hi, I live in Brazil and have a 13 y.o. son who has motor coordination problems as well as cognitive problems. For years we didn´t know what was wrong …

Is SPD cured with Therapy Not rated yet
Hi. I have a son 3 1/2 that has just been diagnosed with SPD and a daughter 1 1/2 that is being evaluated. I have read books on the disorder as well as …

"Failure To Thrive" Not rated yet
My 7 year old has struggled with "Failure To Thrive" since she was six weeks old. However, no matter how many tests the doctors did, they couldn't ever …

I think i have this im 20 Not rated yet
My mom and my sister always said there was something wrong with me when I was very little. I met this woman with two missionarys from my church to teach …

MY SPECIAL ANGEL Not rated yet
My child has some of these symptoms in each checklist. She doesn't like it when I brush her hair, loves her teeth being brush, loves feet p.j's even in …

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I am not alone! Not rated yet
I have so many of these signs. As an adult I have come to terms with being sensitive or "picky." And I have learned to cope with most of it, but it feels …

My boy Martin Not rated yet
Maybe you're like me... I have known there was something different about Martin for some time. He's always done things at his own pace. So when my …

Me and my Son Not rated yet
My son is almost 11 years old. From the day he was born He has had a lot of difficulties, with close to every learning challenge, and with everyday things. …

I am a mother of a son with SPD. Not rated yet
I gave birth to a set of twin boys at 31 weeks in 2004. I had been in a state of constant labor since week 24 so I had been well informed, and chose to …

New to This Not rated yet
My son is being evaluated, but we were told that he probably has SID. He was babbling normally at 1 year. Then the ear infections started. He was basically …

At last, I am finding some answers! Not rated yet
My daughter is almost 7 and has been making us all crazy. We always just thought she was difficult. The pediatric neurologist told us about SPD and it …

Mother to ten year old son who has TS/OCD/ADD and many symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder Not rated yet
My son was diagnosed with TS/OCD and ADD when he was eight years old. However, the symptoms of Sensory disorder actually showed up from the time he was …

Hannah Not rated yet
Well, I have just read that and thought, yes, she does that, that and that. I have wrote quite a bit down so I can go armed to my GP. Actually some of …

SID - child Myself Not rated yet
It really hit me hard when I read about the difficulties in diagnosing a child with SID (now SPD) when something like SID is normal, how is a child supposed …

Mom Not rated yet
My son is almost 17. I work in the mental health field and yes, knew he had some "tactile" issues. We dealt with them when he was younger and call him …

It's all Good Not rated yet
I couldn't possibly write "My Story" - and honestly, don't have the stamina for it any more ha ha. But I suppose I could share a little. I did like the …

Long Road Not rated yet
Hello. I am a mother of 2 sweet little boys. My oldest, Evan (almost 5) and my youngest, Zachary (2). We have recently had Evan evaluated by an Occupational …

1yr old daughter, some concern Not rated yet
I've been working as a support therapist for children with special needs that require behavior management treatment, so I may be a little paranoid. However …

Maybe this wasn't ALL my fault... Not rated yet
Im 15 years old and my mom came to me with some SID articles. I was curious about it. Ive seen things like pre-mature birth (I was a Preemie by 2 and a …

New to this! Not rated yet
I have recently become aware of this condition through a friend who has a friend that has a child with this disorder. Reluctantly she told me that my daughter …

This is me.. Not rated yet
Everything on the "over sensitive" checklists, are ME!!...truly.... I'm going to talk to my doctor about this.

NP Womens Health Grandmother of probable SPD child Not rated yet
The checklist was almost overwhelming and very comprehensive. My granddaughter is almost 3 and appears to have SPD. She has excess drooling, poor coordination …

Curious Mom of Three Not rated yet
I had seen an acquaintance was reading a book about this and was telling me about her son and it made me curious. This checklist had some things I …

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