Trying to understand Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

What is Sensory processing disorder?

The sensory processing disorder or in short (SPD) is a condition in which the sensory signals function work properly to pass the relevant responses. It limits a portion of the brain from getting the needed information so to interpret this sensory information correctly. Children suffering from this state can have difficulty performing various tasks since they find it hard to process the information they received. This condition can significantly affect the learning ability of school-age children.

As a parent you always want the best for your children. When difficult situations arise you sometimes beat yourself up wondering if you did something wrong or ask yourself are you doing enough? Being a parent of a child that suffers from SPD can be overwhelming, challenging and sometimes rewarding. Yes rewarding! Seeing the improvements, overcoming difficulties and doing things you’ve never knew they could do, gets you excited and it becomes rewarding for all.

Experiences with SPD

Most of the children with SPD also experience problems in their motor skills. SPD also increases the risk of children from developing various educational, emotional, and social disorders. It makes it hard for them to meet other people and make friends. Children with this condition can also suffer from depression, anxiety, and aggression. Aside from that, these children can also become uncooperative, disruptive, and clumsy.

Each child is different but there are so many things that can possibly go wrong. My son has his own way of coping with situations that seems normal to most kids but very stressful to him. He does not respond to his name and he only repeats some words he has heard numerous times. Not responding to his name is a difficult thing to deal with especially if we’re trying to have playtime outdoors but we have to have eyes on him at all times to ensure that we have a quick response to the potential dangers around.

He will not eat solid foods due to the texture. This is also a huge factor in his developmental system. There comes a point where he will need to have these essential foods to grow and be healthy. He plays mostly by himself or when once over stimulated he will find an area to be alone to seek comfort. When he’s having a sensory overload, we say he’s having a neurological ‘panic’ because it’s his response to everyday sensations the rest of us take for granted.

Types of Treatments

Fortunately, most cases of sensory processing disorder can be treated at home with the help of caregivers and parents. The first thing that parents can do is to focus on the individual’s needs of their children. These needs vary from child to child. It is important that parents learn to determine the things that make their children feel secure and loved. It will also help if they give them the opportunity to do the things that they love.

Having physical therapy and occupational therapy has benefited drastically. You may not see the results right away but it’ll come. There is an abundance amount of care available to children with SPD. Parents can develop exercises, tools, and activities that can help their child learn some of the basic things. It is better when parents use the exercises that are suggested by their child’s doctor or therapist. Activities such as swinging and also playing are known to help children become more focused.

Distress times

In times of distress, parents should remain calm. It is advisable that they remove the things that make their children feel distressed. If the cause of the distress is the surrounding, it will help if they bring their children to a place where they can relax. It is also important that parents learn to identify other factors that affect their children.

Children with sensory processing disorder need the love and support of their parents to help them manage the condition. Parents should make sure that they provide their children the treatment they need. It is also important that they engage their children in various activities that match their sensory processing needs. With the right treatment and activities as well as with the support from a parent, children can effectively deal with their sensory processing disorder.

Look for the signs

I saw the signs and although I was told, he would grow out of it; I was not willing to take that chance. Seeing early signs that something is different with your child is one of the hardest things to deal with because you are in the unknown stage due to age. That did not matter to me at all. The earliest I was able to get the treatment the better. It’s never a bad thing to listen to your parent instincts and seek help even if it turns out to be nothing. I want to give my children every single opportunity at life there is so they can have the tools they need to succeed. Having SPD is difficult for both the parents and child but YOU have the power to make a change.

My husband and I are still learning and, neither of us had ever heard about this disorder until it happened to our child. I am asking for any other stories or testimonials that could possibly assist our child in the future? What therapies have you or someone you’ve known tried? As each case is different and unique, are results basically the same? Sometimes the hardest thing to get is an answer when professionals are reluctant to speculate because of the uniqueness of each case. We are just trying to get more answers to help us as parents as much as helping our child.

A stay at home mom and a mom going out to work.







Pros Vs. Cons of being a stay-at-home mom and a mom going out to work

Today there are those who still think that being a stay-at-home mom is only part of our performance as women and even something that does not require a much effort. While there are those who know that having and caring for children is a full-time job. Only every woman knows whether she should continue working or stay-at-home. However both scenarios has its pros and cons.

The first thing I would like to emphasize is the concept of what it is to stay-at-home and keep working because when you decide to stay and raise your children, it does not mean at all that we are not going to work. On the contrary, those who value this decision know that work at home is sometimes even more forced than doing it at a company, because at home there are no established hours or a pay that equals all functions.

However, those who leave must also bear the weight of the responsibilities that their profession indicates, more apart from getting home and keeping up with the pace, therefore I dare to say that there is no inclination towards either of them.

 Moms who stay at home 


  • You do not have a fixed schedule so all day you’re up and down.
  • You have no monetary payment.
  • Everyone thinks that since you are at home, you do nothing.
  • Although you dress well, you end up full of throw-up, milk, paint, mud and the unknown at times.
  • You miss working and interacting more with adults
  • The unemployment gap gets bigger.


  • You are all the time with your children, which could make up for everything.
  • You do not have to worry about asking permission to go on vacation.
  • Once you pick up the pace, the tasks become easier and you get organized better.
  • After a certain stage you start to take more time for yourself.
  • As your children grow, you can add more recreational or restful activities to your day.
  • Do not worry about getting daycare or babysitting. 

Moms going out to work


  • You miss many special moments with your children.
  • Many people dismiss working mothers as abandoning their children.
  • It is a constant battle to find a reliable school, daycare or nanny.
  • In addition to the work of the office, you get home to take care of the children.
  • You must be well dressed even on the days you put on a shirt and sports pants.
  • Every day you get up early and you just do have a break.
  • In constant conflict over extended hours or meetings that do not allow you to leave work early.


  • You have a profession and good economic support.
  • The feeling of an additional independence.
  • An additional paycheck.
  • You’re staying in the game career-wise.
  • Staying connected to the larger world.
  • The intellectual stimulation is fulfilled.

So as you can see, there are many advantages and disadvantages of either role as a mother, although the perspective can change according to the priorities of each woman. If you insist on combining both tasks, there are many options about work at home which may not be the same as going to work but you can continue enjoying your little ones.

Is it worth it?

From the moment I found out that I was pregnant I knew I had to stay at home. At times I really wanted to go back to work but the overall feeling of being at home for their biggest first moments in life has meant everything to me. They have impacted my life tremendously and made me such a better mom and person. They have shown me how precious and delicate life was and my world will never be the same again. It is most definitely worth it.

My First Jump: If it’s easy it probably isn’t worth it!

What’s my next move?

As a senior in high school in 1997, I was contemplating what my next move would be. I needed to make my first jump into life to succeed. Maybe I was thinking what my first move would be. Maybe, I was just trying to figure out what was within myself. I’m not sure exactly. One thing I learned growing up was that I had to be aware of my surroundings and know what was in my neighborhood. Be aware of what and where the positive and negative influences were. I didn’t have to be smart like from a book. I had to be street smart.

Being young and attempting to soak in as much as I could like a sponge, I noticed an Army Recruiter that lived in the same apartment complex as me. Curious about the path that she took, I became intrigued and proud of how she was on her own making it, in the real world. Not knowing what her qualifications were, I found something that I had an interest in. This was the point in my life where I had to finally grow up and embrace my responsibilities as the young adult I had become.

This was a path with no definitive journey or an anticipated outcome. Just living each day for that day, and if I did not make a decision about whom I wanted to be, then I may end up like those that I grew up around. I am not saying that those that I grew up around were all negative, but I feel as if I never fit in. My family support system was not strong, more times than not it was non-existent.

Making that move

So, I spoke to the recruiter and got some information. We had talked about bettering myself through education. I ran track and cross-country in high school but there was not going to be an athletic scholarship for me. I also got pretty good grades, but I didn’t see an academic scholarship coming my way either. Finally, I came to the decision that I was going to enlist in the Army. True to fashion, an obstacle was in my way and my mother had to given me permission to enlist. It was odd that a parent had to give a high school graduate permission to join the Army like it was some kind of field trip taken for science classes. Either way, I got permission to take that field trip to what was called “Basic Training.”

This time I uprooted myself, and off to Fort Jackson, SC, I went. Coincidentally, I was to stay there to complete my Advanced Individual Training (AIT) as well. I took the first step to completing the “me” and what I wanted to be. Seventeen and finally on my own; I found myself doing something that was going to a benefit me in my life and my future.


Knowing that I was on my way to being successful was an eye-opening experience. What wasn’t so eye-opening, were the long days in training and the countless hours of sitting in the classroom. Constantly standing only to try to stay awake, and not really remember what the lessons were. I didn’t mind if I missed a point of emphasis, I did mind the Drill Sergeant in my face reminding me that I needed to be awake.

I signed up for a run team within the trainees to help pass some off time, as little as it was. Catching up on some well-needed sleep was not an option, nor did they have a club. I kept a competitive advantage over most of the other females due to my running backgroung in high school. And being better was my motivation to continue in giving 100%. I envisioned where I was going, I could picture that Army recruiter, and I knew that average was not going to cut it. I maintained excellence because my will only allowed that. During those four months were classroom training, field training, marching, running and more running, reprimanding, and finally graduating. I made it to the next chapter in my life; I was a United States Army Soldier! Continue reading “My First Jump: If it’s easy it probably isn’t worth it!”

My Love And Motivation

New Home

Since my discharge from the Army 3 years ago, I have been searching for a new “home” for a long time. The mom’s clubs that I’ve joined just did not cut it. I’m not saying that all moms clubs are the same; I’m just saying the ones I’ve joined were just not for me. When my family and I moved from Texas to Virginia, a friend introduced me to a run club: MRTT-Moms Run This Town. Running has always been a love of mine so to be in this club meant a lot to me.

At first I was so intimidated because I was out of shape, I gained a few pounds and I was embarrassed of how far I have let myself go. Well this MRTT club cares nothing about that. MRTT is a FREE running club for women to support and motivate one another in their running journey. It doesn’t matter if you are a walker or runner; they welcome all! Let’s just say I’ve found my new “home”.

The Admin Post:

“As we approach the end of the year, what are you most proud of or what goals did you crush this year? I know there were some firsts out there. Let’s celebrate them. What are you looking forward to in 2018?”

The responses to this post were so inspiring. Everyone is different and everyone have different paths, but in the end we have all accomplished something together. We have proved that anything is possible through friendship, motivation, guidance, motherhood, struggles, challenges, and even pain.

Some of the Responses:  

“I didn’t have any running goals in 2017, other than keep running consistently which I have for the most part. In 2017 I want to run at least one full marathon (I start my training next week for Blue Ridge, we’ll see if I can pull that off!), and I would LOVE to run a race a month, although that might be easier said than done. No PR goals. I’m done chasing those, at least for a while.”

“I was proud to have finished my first half marathon since 2.5 years ago and it wasn’t my slowest! After having my baby 19 months ago getting back into it was so tough. I feel like I have a good base now and could tackle a couple of half’s in 2018.”

One of the reasons I run again. These women are a true inspiration to all.

“I was always a runner but not a strong long distance runner and the running I did while in the Army were all in a formation or when told to. So my goal for 2017 was to get stronger, faster and healthier. Once I started and got a routine down, it all felt great. In 3 months I’ve accomplished more than I ever thought I would. Then just when I thought it was getting good, it was crushed by an unknown source of pain which has limited my running tremendously. I am still very proud of pushing myself the way I did. Now I see my potentials. So my 2018 goals are to find the source of the pain, fix it, then run Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), 50K, and Richmond Half Marathon.”

Do not let the pain take you down! Continue reading “My Love And Motivation”