Imagine Your Child With Sensory Processing Disorder
I have written a lot about ADHD, however, I have only merely breathed a mention of a lesser known challenge among kids today, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). When many of you think of SPD you either have absolutely no idea what it means, or you’re like, “yes, yes, that’s when your sensors are processing all wrong, right?” Well, in a way, yes, but do you understand what that really means for daily functioning? I’ll break it down for you in a way that is most easily understood.
You have five senses, touch, sound, smell, sight, and taste. Additionally, and less known, our bodies also take in information through body movement, position, balance, and muscle control. During your day, these systems work seamlessly together to take in the environment around you- so seamlessly, in fact, that you likely don’t even register the workings of this finely tuned machine until a wrench is tossed directly in its cogwheel. You have all put something in your mouth, like tapioca pudding, or heard nails run down a chalk board and had a visceral bodily reaction. You shutter a little, maybe gag on that weirdly textured food, and are generally left with an overall edgy feeling for a few seconds. What if you felt that way throughout your day, and you never knew when it was coming or what exactly will cause it?