How do I explain to outsiders?
by Kimberly Wise
I am hoping someone can help me regarding my 6 year old son. My son was recently diagnosed with SPD.
My question is since this is not a condition that most people have heard of how do I help others to understand what it is? My son is starting to play youth league sports and getting involved with other children he does not normally interact with. While I try to explain the condition to others they do not understand the issues he has are extremely difficult to deal with for not only my son but the adults he deals with. Should I carry around a flier with the issues he has? Should I try to explain it is "Like ADHD/ADD" which may give him the label of "ADHD/ADD" even though he is not? How do I help these outsiders (especially coaches who do not understand why he twirls in the outfield or misses the ball because he is looking at the sky)? What can I say to try to explain to his peers and their parents as to why he acts the way he does when they do not understand that SPD is even a condition, neither less what it is?
My son is very loving and friendly. And looking at him he does not look like anything but a healthy, normal 6 year old. He loves playing sports, etc so I can't imagine my son not being a part of the games/outings he wants to attend but he is getting the reputation of a problem child (yet they understand the kids who have ADD, ADHD, etc can not perform to the ability of other children). I have talked to his doctors and therapist but no one seems to have the answer to help me.
Can you please help!!!