10 Valuable Lessons for Parenting Through Sensory Processing Disorder
It’s been eight years since a team of therapists from early intervention diagnosed my oldest son with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Before that evaluation I had never heard of sensory processing disorder or the acronym SPD. At that point in my life, our family life seemed so chaotic. Most nights I would get into bed feeling utterly exhausted. I felt hopeless.
Today our world is totally different. My oldest son has gone from severe SPD with a major speech delay to pretty much being like any other typical fifth-grade boy — who loves to talk. (My daughter says he’s making up for those four years he didn’t speak.) My youngest son was also diagnosed with SPD when he was 18 months old, and today he no longer exhibits symptoms.
In the past six years, I have talked to thousands of families from all over the world through my nonprofit, SPD Parent Zone. A majority of those families are just starting out their journeys and feeling the same hopelessness I had felt after my son was diagnosed. I started SPD Parent Zone so I could make it a little bit easier for those who followed in my footsteps. I wanted to provide them with answers and hope.