Now I would like to give you the opportunity to see SPD "through the eyes of dysfunction". This can, in turn, lead to acceptance, understanding, and avoidance of blame and judgment.
Please open your hearts and minds to the struggles individuals with sensory processing disorders go through on a daily basis.
We can see the behavioral signs of distress with too much input, or the energy of not enough input. But, what does the child/adult really go through while trying to take in and effectively process the bombardment of daily sensory input?
Stanley Greenspan, the author of "The Challenging Child" (1995) has an insightful analogy to help us understand what people experience when they can not effectively process, or interpret, sensory input.
He describes it this way:
Now, also imagine being a parent of one of these children. Many parents have expressed how exhausted, rejected, lost, incompetent and alone they feel in trying to live with, and understand, their child.
I challenge you to remember this beautifully painful quote the next time you encounter a child with sensory processing disorders and begin the process of awareness, understanding, and treatment to help them take control of their bodies, minds and self-esteem.
It is so very difficult for them. Let's acknowledge that and do our best to understand and help them!
Let me put this another way for you, from an adult perspective.
I once did a presentation in a conference room full of adults that worked in day care and preschool settings. I wanted them to relate to and understand the children they saw in their classrooms that struggled with sensory processing disorders.
I explained it to them this way...
These examples may sound extreme but for some with sensory processing disorders they are not.
At least as adults we have grown to understand ourselves and our bodies. We know what we can and can not tolerate, what does or does not feel good and most importantly, we have the coping skills and problem solving abilities to deal with it the best we know how. These children do not!
Unless we understand what is going on, help them understand their own bodies and minds, get them the right treatment and help them find the coping skills and insight, they will continue to suffer until adulthood.
Sensory processing disorders are best treated if caught before the age of 7 when the nervous system is still malleable.
It is imperative we identify and treat these children as early as possible so we can make a positive difference and get to them before...
A great chapter book by the author of "The Out-Of-Sync-Child", Carol Kranowitz. This is an introduction to sensory processing disorders geared to eight to twelve year olds to help them understand how their senses develop.
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