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.


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