In 2015, my daughter was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder (SPD). It impacts a child’s ability to process a variety of senses like taste, smell, touch and hearing. Every child with SPD is different, and their interaction with their senses is unique.
The SPD Foundation defines it as “a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses.”
For some families, receiving help and a diagnosis can be tricky. In Canada, where I live, it seems some doctors and therapists shy away from the official diagnosis of “sensory processing disorder,” while other doctors have little knowledge of sensory issues and may brush it off as typical childhood behavior.
It wasn’t until my husband and I became connected with a pediatric occupational therapist that we really became knowledgeable about the condition itself and found resources to help our child.