SPD – what does it stand for?

Our son has SPD. SPD stands for Sensory Processing Disorder.  What does sensory processing disorder mean? Sensory processing (originally called “sensory integration dysfunction” or SID) refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Whether you are biting into a sandwich, riding a […]

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He doesn’t need to “get better”…

There are two things not to say to a parent of a child with sensory processing disorder or any other invisible issue that doesn’t manifest in a way that can be seen “physically”… “He looks fine, though” & “so when will he get better?” Both have been said to me recently. Both were well meant […]

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What you don’t see: getting a babysitter isn’t easy…

This is my series on parenting a child with a higher set of needs than his peers. Our beautiful boy, has a diagnosis of sensory processing disorder, mainly auditory, with some emotional/behavioural issues. We don’t know if this is because of the earlier ear/infection/hearing  issues he had, or if he will “grow out of” his […]

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I don’t think that it should be “normal”…

Last week, I was chatting to my son’s teacher, about how he was doing at school, generally. The conversation, and what she had to say about him sounded great. He’s doing well, managing to achieve all the goals set for him, as a child in a reception class, excelling in some areas and managing to […]

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