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5 Things Parents Aren’t Always Told About Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)


When my daughter was given a diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) thirteen years ago, it was both a relief as well as a frustration to hear.

There was a sense of relief because I’d gone through two years of knocking on doors, endlessly researching her symptoms, asking questions to the experts (who basically just transferred me to another expert), recording every behavior and reaction just to get the answers I needed to help her. After watching...


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Ten Tips for Parents of Children With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

I've done several interviews on the subject of Sensory Processing Disorder, or SPD, and what it's like to raise a child living with it.

Like most other people, these kids have good days and bad days all depending on their stimuli, amount of proper sensory input that feeds their bodies (called a Sensory Diet) as well the amount of time they've had to calm down after overstimulating situations.

One of the top questions I am asked is what...


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Tips On Discipline For Children With SPD


Most children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) often struggle with basic everyday tasks while watching their peers perform the same tasks with ease. Remembering this point can help us see how a child with SPD may develop low self-esteem and self-concept, which is why handling discipline with these children should be handled with care.

Now that doesn’t mean children with SPD shouldn’t be disciplined when need be. My daughter was an average growing girl in many ways....


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Calming Your SPD Child’s Insides Down


One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from my two sensory sensitive children, is the importance of inner peace, or what we like to call, “calming our insides down”. For my little family, this lesson wasn’t just good for our overall health, it was also essential to my children’s functioning.

Two of my four children were born with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), which is a neurological disorder that interferes with the brain’s ability to effectively process...


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Preparing the SPD Brain For Sleep, Naturally

A common complaint for many caregivers of children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is sleeping issues. I have two children with SPD and both had tremendous struggles with sleep. For my daughter, it was a combination of several factors: she wasn’t able to tune out noises around her, she wasn’t able to calm her body down for rest and, most commonly, she couldn’t ‘calm her brain’ enough so she could fall asleep. The worst part was...


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SPD-Focused Games to Play With Dad

My daughter and son both have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). They each have specific needs in terms of the sort of sensory input each of their bodies crave, but both of them need a tremendous amount of vestibular and proprioceptive input. I'm not strong enough to play the rough-and-tumble games that gives them the input they each need, so we invented a few games they can play with their siblings and Dad. The key is to...


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The Benefits of Play For Children With SPD


Play was the one way we got our oldest daughter and son to re-focus enough to allow us to help each of them. We discovered the importance of play when our oldest daughter was diagnosed with SPD at two-and-a-half. She began Play Therapy, where she learned to use toys, dolls, puzzles or crafting projects as a way to work through her feelings, how to interact with objects and people as well as how to calm herself...


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Making School A ‘Sensational’ Place


Children with sensory sensitivities or SPD have a higher risk of slipping through the educational cracks due to misdiagnosis and misunderstanding. Their struggle is staying focused as stimulants in their environment fight for their attention. And for these children, who often need constant movement to organize their little bodies for tasks at hand, the aspect of sitting still for lessons can be an additional challenge.

Parents and teachers need to work together to help these children find...


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Natural Alternative Therapies For SPD

When my daughter was only three years old, her psychiatrist at that time ‘strongly suggested’ that I put her on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. I refused. It wasn’t that I was anti-medication. I simply felt that when dealing with children, especially those experiencing neurological struggles, how would I have known if such medications would have actually helped and not hindered? Because no one was able to tell me for certain, I chose to go the natural route first.

I spent countless hours researching different avenues. The following are a few of the alternative therapies known to help children with varying degrees of exceptionalities that I tried.



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Self-Awareness For SPD: A Building Block of Independence

A few years ago, I wrote an article for the SPD Foundation’s blog discussing how important it is to see our ‘sensational’ kids as a success in progress. That’s how I’ve always viewed my kiddos. It’s like you can see that little glimmer in their eyes. That’s their potential and they simply need the right tools to make it shine brightly.

I have always been someone who can face anything head-on if I had the right information. A condition or situation is scarier when you don’t understand it, and I knew a lot of the problem for my daughter was that she didn’t have the proper tools to cope effectively.