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