Can You Outgrow Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?

My daughter is 7 years old, she suffered from many tactile defensiveness issues and we were required to brush her.  She seems to have outgrown many of her sensory issues.  Do these fade with time?



According to the experts... no they do not fade just with the passage of time. They fade with therapy... and that is exactly what happened for you!! Hooray! Another success story.

The brushing is exactly what she needed to treat this, and it is indeed what helped her, along with any other OT she was involved in. How long was she in treatment? How long did you do the brushing?

You must have been diligently consistent for it to have had such great success? Did you use the Burpee method or the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol? They work if you do them! You are proof... Yay!

Just know that we hope she is "cured", but we often find in times of stress or at certain developmental ages/stages you may need a "tune up". Just know that possibility exists.

The research says, once you have SPD you will always "have" it, but the symptoms can fade with treatment. She may always be a little more sensitive than others or she may have changed the neurological pathways/messages enough to stabilize at this current level.

I hope the latter is true! Success! Just keep those tools in your back pocket, ok?


Further Reading

Everyday Games for Sensory Processing Disorder: 100 Playful Activities to Empower Children with Sensory Differences

Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, Revised Edition

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder - The New York Times calls it the parents bible for Sensory Processing Disorder
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