- Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a complex disorder of the brain that affects developing children.
- One in twenty children are known to suffer from Sensory ProcessingDisorder-and that’s a conservative estimate.
- Children with SPD experience everyday sensory information such as touch, sound, sight, taste, smell, movement, and body awareness differently than other children their age.
- Parent surveys, clinical assessments, and laboratory protocols exist to identify children with SPD.
- Some sensational kids feel so bombarded by sensory information that they become withdrawn and isolated.
- Other sensational children actively seek sensory experiences, even when these endanger them. Such “sensory seekers” frequently are labeled “aggressive,” “disruptive,” and “out of control.” Preschools may exclude or expel these kids because of their behavior.
- By the time they reach kindergarten, children with sensory dysfunction are already at high risk for social isolation, poor self-esteem, and academic failure.
- Because their hidden handicap is little-known and little-understood, sensational kids are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with another childhood disorder, such as ADHD, and may receive the wrong treatment as a result.
- This is beginning to change. Within ten years, Sensory Processing Disorder will be as widely recognized as ADHD and autism are today.
- There is hope and help is available for sensational children now.
copyright Lucy Jane Miller 2005
Taken from Sensational Kids