Aug 16, 2007

Facts about SPD/SID


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information that they become withdrawn and isolated.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.

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