Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder


Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?

  • While everyone is oohing and ahhing at the fireworks display, your child is screaming with eyes closed and hands over his ears.
  • You get a call to pick your son up from a classmate’s birthday party because he “had a meltdown” when his friends were singing “Happy Birthday.”
  • Your child cries and fights you every morning while getting dressed because her socks “hurt.”
  • Your teenager leaves school without permission because the pep rally was “too loud and chaotic” and she “just couldn’t take it.”

These are just a few of the many examples of how everyday experiences, or even enjoyable experiences, can be excruciating for someone with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

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Author: Wisconsin Family Connections Center
Additional Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
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