The Ultimate Guide to Sensory processing Disorder

Easy, Everyday Solutions to Sensory Challenges

Table of Contents

What Sensory Processing Disorder Is
What It's Like to Have SPD
What We Know about SPD
Strategies to Help Parents
Chapter 1: What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
Problem Child or SPD?
No Recognition for Real Disorder
Whom SPD Affects and How
The Three Types of SPD
What the Research Tells Us about SPD
Chapter 2: What It's Like to Have SPD
What Causes SPD?
How to Step into your Child's Shoes
Real Stories of Kids with SPD
Chapter 3: Understanding SPD as a Form of Stress
One Reaction Does Not Fit All
How Stress Affects Our Bodies
Stressed Out and Shut Down
When Stress Interferes with Thinking
Soldiering On, Fleeing, and Fighting
Different Types of Stress
Reliving a Stressful Event Again and Again
What Studies Tell Us about Understanding Stress-and SPD
Three Effects of Stress on the Immune System
A Predisposition for Stress and SPD
Chapter 4: Helping Your Child Every Day and at Special Events
Religious and Cultural Holidays
Weddings and Funerals
Grocery and Department Stores
Comparative Shopping
Sporting Events
A Child's Birthday Party
Chapter 5: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment-Where to Begin
Step 1: Make a List of Your Concerns
Step 2: Fill Out a Symptom Checklist
Step 3: Get a Referral to an Occupational Therapist
Step 4: Educate Yourself about SPD
Step 5: Find an Occupational Therapist Trained to Assass and Treat SPD
Step 6: Connect with Community, Local Organizations, Other Families
The Assessment Process: What You Need to Know
What a Sample Evaluation Looks Like
What Is a Sensory Diet?
What You Can Expect from Treatment
Chapter 6: How to Help Create a Sensory Friendly Classroom
The Effect of SPD on Learning and Functioning at School
Creating Sensory-Friendly Classrooms
Convincing Schools to Help Your Child
Behavior as a Form of Communication
Communicating with Your Child's School
Chapter 7: The Difference Between SPD and Look-Alike Disorders
Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Nonverbal Learning Disorder
The Learning Disorders
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Children with Bipolar Disorder
How Behavioral Challenges Play a Role
A Helpful Tool-A Developmental History Form
Appendix A: Typical Developmental Stages in Children
Understanding Your Child's Development
Piaget's Developmental Theory
Appendix B: CDC Development Milestones for Children
Important Milestones by the End of 3 Months
Important Milestones by the End of 7 Months
Important Milestones by the End of 12 Months
Important Milestones by the End of 2 Years
Important Milestones by the End of 3 Years
Important Milestones by the End of 4 Years
Important Milestones by the End of 5 Years
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Kaveh, 5, was referred to me by his parents as "a difficult and inflexible child," who, if he didn't have everything his way, he would have a meltdown. At first glance and based on his parents' chief complaint, it seemed as though he was an uncooperative child with a difficult temperament and behavioral problems.

Detailed questionnaires and an interview with his parents, however, revealed much more. Getting Kaveh dressed in the mornings was a monumental task that more often than not involved several change of clothes. Kaveh often refused to wear weather-appropriate clothes, cried, complained that his clothes were uncomfortable, and refused to wear socks, certain shoes, gloves, hats, or jackets. His mother reported that she would take Kaveh shopping to buy whatever clothes he would agree to wear. Once they found something he liked, such as a pair of pants, she would buy several pairs of the same pants. However, that approach didn't work all the time.

"What felt comfortable to him last week may not feel comfortable this week," his mother said. This daily morning struggle would set the tone for the rest of the day, resulting in Kaveh being late to school and his mother late to work, feeling frustrated and upset.

In addition, Kaveh was a picky eater, needed a great deal of his parents' help to fall asleep, and didn't like personal hygiene activities such as clipping his nails, washing, and brushing his hair. He had weak muscles, tired easily, and was terrible at sports and physical activities, according to his parents. Following the initial evaluation, Kaveh was diagnosed with sensory processing disorder (SPD).

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