The Sensory Processing Disorder Blog

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

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Nov 25, 2020

Sensory Defensiveness

Looking for a thorough, concise summary of the variety of sensory defensiveness and what to do about it?

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Nov 24, 2020

It's Unique Talent Day... Check out the The Empowered Highly Sensitive Person: How to Harness Your Sensitivity Into Strength in a Chaotic World

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Nov 24, 2020

Can't Wear Clothes

Since I was young I've always had a very difficult time wearing certain clothing items. Socks and underwear were my biggest struggle as a child. I could

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Nov 19, 2020

Help! 5 1/2 year old Still Uses Pacifier

Hi All. My 5 1/2 year old daughter still uses her suckie/pacifier. When she turned 4 we attempted to take it away from her, but weaning her off by limiting

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Nov 19, 2020

Difficulty In Diagnosis Of SPD

My 3 yr old was born premature (32 wks), in ICU for 3 months, underwent a 5 hour surgery at 24 hours. Ventilated for 2 weeks, tube fed for about 2 months.

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Nov 19, 2020

Does Your Child Have Dyspraxia?

Generally, individuals with the disorder appear “out of sync” with their environment. Symptoms vary and may include poor balance and coordination, clumsiness, vision problems, perception difficulties, emotional and behavioral problems, difficulty with reading, writing, and speaking, poor social skills, poor posture, and poor short-term memory.

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Nov 19, 2020

I’m on bended knees praying our lives don’t get any tougher, says mum who is carer for autistic son

Daphney’s teenage son Nathan is autistic, with a severe learning disability, severe challenging behaviour, Sensory Processing Disorder and PICA - an eating disorder in which people compulsively eat nonfood items.

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Nov 18, 2020

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

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Nov 18, 2020

It's Push Button Phone Day!... Great day to practice Fine Motor Skills

Childhood is the critical time to properly develop these muscles, and I think you might be shocked (unless you are an OT) at how many children we, as Occupational Therapists, see in the schools and clinics every single day who have significant delays in fine motor skills.

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Nov 17, 2020

The Controversial Push to Separate Autism from Sensory Processing Disorder

At the heart of the push to make Sensory Processing Disorder separate from Autism is a call for neurodivergent nuance — and diagnoses that empower parents.

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Nov 16, 2020

SPD And Adopted, Orphaned, And/Or Institutionalized Children

Everything I have read about SPD has been on children that were born into the family. What about children that are orphaned and adopted as older toddlers.

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Nov 16, 2020

Oral Motor Exercises for Children with Autism

As a speech pathologist, I have come across families who swear by the impact of oral motor exercises on their child’s development and learning.

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Nov 15, 2020

Hair washing

I have a 5 1/2 year old and it has always been a challenge to wash his hair. He has Proprioceptive Dysfunction with no motor difficulties and has never

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Nov 15, 2020

Teen shares story of living with dyspraxia

It’S hard for me in a way that I can’t easily explain, but basically it’s a condition that makes my brain take longer to process information.

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Nov 14, 2020

It's Pickle Day!... Plush Pickle Lap Pad Toy For Kids

Helps Children with Autism, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder Improve Social Skills and Concentration

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Nov 14, 2020

Concern pandemic could affect young people for years to come

'I deal with children who have sensory processing disorder and the texture of clothing is a huge thing for them. If they wear the wrong type of clothing, something made from a material which isn't suitable, then it can cause huge irritation and lead to their entire day being ruined in school.

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Nov 13, 2020

SPD and Face Masks: Helping Children Adjust

How you can help your child with SPD adapt to wearing a face mask.

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Nov 12, 2020

Hair-Pulling (Trichotillomania) and SPD

So is there any research out there that links SPD to hair-pulling, which is usually diagnosed as Trichotillomania? I've read a ton of research on Trich,

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Nov 11, 2020

Daughter has a habit of shaking a pen or pencil all day

How do I address my daughter and try to correct a habit that I thought she would outgrow? It started when she was around two with a princess wand. She

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Nov 11, 2020

What Is a Weighted Blanket?

Pros and Cons About the Popular “Pressure Therapy” Device

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Nov 11, 2020

Autistic people are really struggling with how uncertain things are'

“Other kids wanted to run around and play games, which stressed me out because of my sensory processing disorder [SPD].”

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Nov 11, 2020

Sensory processing disorder with regard to food in children

Children with SPDF experience the taste, smell, texture (in their mouths and even how it feels when touching it) as well as the colour of some foods as an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience (also known as sensory overload).

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Nov 11, 2020

Sensory Processing Disorder... Does your child have it?

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) manifests as hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to sensory inputs,

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Nov 11, 2020

How To Help A Child With Sensory Processing Disorder

If your child has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, there are several therapeutic treatment options you can try.

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Nov 10, 2020

Vanilla Cupcake Day!... Vanilla Cupcake Sensory Toy

Baby Paper vanilla cupcake toys help promote sensory play by offering quality plush materials and a rewarding “crunch” when squeezed.

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Nov 10, 2020

How Can Ear Infections Lead to Sensory Processing Disorders?

I am an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon who specializes in caring for kids. So as you might guess, I am a bit of an expert on all things ear infections.

One topic that has not been emphasized is the relationship between ear infections and sensory processing disorders.

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Nov 09, 2020

Without Fear or Feeling: Riding with a Sensory Processing Disorder

For me, I face not being able to feel anything physically while I ride, because I have sensory processing disorder.

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Nov 09, 2020

Sensory-based interventions

This is a brief overview of information about sensory-based interventions, taken from the Autism CRC report.

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Nov 09, 2020

Sister-in-law's sensory issues are hers to manage

My husband's sister has a sensory processing disorder. She was diagnosed right before our wedding and when she told us, my husband said it really clarified a lot of his childhood.

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Nov 07, 2020

Can SPD Go Away?

Hello. I have a 5 year old daughter who has been diagnosed with SPD. To say her sensory issues were extreme would be putting it lightly. Everything bothered

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Nov 07, 2020

Sensory rooms offer special lighting, music and therapy tools in a safe space

Patients at the ALPS Day Services in Greeneville now have access to a sensory room provided by Walters State’s Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Association.

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Nov 06, 2020

Its Saxophone Day!... Celebrate With a Saxophone Weighted Blanket

This Saxophone weighted blanket is warm, cozy, soft and lightweight, it can be used all season. The sofa throw blanket is an ideal gift choice for your family and friends on Father's Day, Mother's Day, Birthday, Christmas, New Year, Housewarming etc.

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Nov 06, 2020

Sense of Change - Stories of Sensory Processing

The characters in these stories are very dear to our hearts. They are all based on real-life and all highlight the incredible importance of sensory integration and processing for health and well-being.

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Nov 06, 2020

What Is Sensory Overload?

Anyone can experience sensory overload, but it is most common with people who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism, or Sensory Processing Disorder.

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Nov 04, 2020

Gracie's journey-Success!

I just found this website today and I am thrilled to see the amount of information offered. I have a 15-year-old daughter that was diagnosed with Sensory

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Nov 03, 2020

SPD And "Burnout" By Midweek

My son is in the 2nd grade and is doing really well the first part of the school week but come Thursday he is breaking down crying a lot, yelling at teachers,

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Nov 02, 2020

“I’m autistic, and that’s okay.”

I have sensory integration issues; I’m a “sensory seeker”—essentially my nervous system is rarely regulated. I’m calmest when I’m cocooned in the sensory swing I built in my basement. I can’t sleep unless I have my weighted blanket or there’s a mountain of blankets on me. Flickering fluorescent lights, loud noises and some textures feel like my body is set on fire. When I get overstimulated, I’m prone to meltdowns and shutdowns.

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Nov 01, 2020

I think there's something 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

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Oct 30, 2020

SPD And Language Delays

My son, AJ, was recently diagnosed with the following: 1. Developmental Delay (not pervasive) 2. Mixed Receptive/Expressive Language Disorder 3. Idiosyncratic

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Oct 29, 2020

Celebrate Internet Day with The Out-of-Sync Child

"The Out-of-Sync Child has become the parents Bible to Sensory Processing Disorder"

- The New York Times

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Oct 28, 2020

SPD Child In The Classroom

Attention Teachers: Important factors to consider when teaching an SPD child in the classroom...to make both of your days better.

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Oct 26, 2020

SPD Kids And Amusement Parks?

Our family is planning a trip to Disneyland next month. The last time we attempted this, my 5 year old daughter was 2 1/2, and we didn't understand why

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Oct 23, 2020

SPD Site Search

Use our SPD Site Search to find specific topics on sensory processing disorders/sensory integration

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Oct 22, 2020

SI Therapy For The Hyposensitive

My son is 7 with apraxia and some sensory issues. The questions I am worried about is he has gotten burnt with a cookie sheet, cut on the bottom of the

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Oct 21, 2020

Why Covid-19 May Be the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Humanity

The pages of history are filled with cases of everyday people turning tragedy into triumph.

But this does not happen by chance. It takes tremendous courage and foresight.

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Oct 19, 2020

Helping A Hypersensitive SPD Child Who Is Injured Or Sick

My 4 1/2 year old daughter, who has hyper SPD, seems to feel pain more intensely than other children. The slightest injury or illness can send her into

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Oct 17, 2020

Bathroom issues

I have a 7 year old son who is still having trouble with bathroom accidents. He says he has a hard time knowing when his body is telling him he needs

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Oct 17, 2020

Happy Sweetest Day! Fun, Joyful Ways to Develop Social and Motor Skills in Children with Sensory Processing Disorders

A resource of fun games for parents or teachers to help young children learn social and motor skills.

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Oct 14, 2020

Cannot sleep if I dont rub my feet on rough textured fabric

Hi, i just want to share if anyone is experiencing the same. Since i was a kid i cannot sleep if i dont rub my feet on a rough texture fabric which i have

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