10 Things a Parent of a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder Wants to Say to You
I’d like to take a moment to reflect on a little known sensory disorder that many times coincides with autism: sensory processing disorder (SPD).
SPD involves any disorder of your senses ranging from over-sensitivity to light, smells or sound to an under-sensitivity to taste and touch. SPD can also affect the vestibular and proprioceptive systems, which control balance, movement and spatial orientation.
As a mother of a young son with SPD, I’ve come across so many people who are unsure of and even put off by his unique behavior. Below are 10 things I’d like to say to those people.
Please take a moment to read, share and spread the word. The more we educate others, the better we become at responding to these children who need us.
1. He has reasons for being fidgety.
His SPD creates an insatiable craving for tactile stimulation. He fidgets because his nervous system isn’t developed the same as yours or mine. His nerves act as a one-way street. His brain is telling his nerves they should be feeling the rigidity of the seat under his bottom, but his nerves never respond to his brain letting it know they already feel it. This creates frustration and anxiety, which leads to fidgeting. The same is true in reverse sometimes, too.