Sunday, April 19, 2009

So what is Sensory Processing Disorder, or SPD

I have been asked this a good bit in the recent past, in fact since blogging about the kids and what is going on with them I get it more and more. So I thought why not kill two birds with one stone and try and explain what is going on with the kids.

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a disorder of the brain, it has often been said that children with SPD are actually on the spectrum, but this has yet to be said as factual. It is in fact a disorder of the brain and results in people with SPD not being able to process all the informaiton that is coming in. When in loud places they have a hard time processing all that is going on, it is difficult for them to process sounds, touch, taste, vision, and movement to name a few.

Children and or adults with SPD have a hard time processing information as it comes into their bodies, their brain in fact does not interpret the experience as they should. A child with SPD do not experience things the same way as we do. A simple change from walking on grass to dirt while barefoot to us is no big deal, to a child with SPD it could result in confusion, pain even and they could have a melt down.

While other children with SPD will seek out activities like this, they may have to lick everything they see, they seek out high impact activities, seem to be rougher and more "Boy" than other children, have a difficult time sitting still or in one place for extended periods of time.

As a result of these difference children with SPD have difficulties with self calming, gross motor and fine motor skills will be affected, they may have a difficulty with speech and may not talk at the same time as their piers, writing is difficult as their fine motor skills are delayed.

As you see this is just the basics. You can learn so much more by visiting various SPD sites like

I will have follow up post on the different types of SPD. Thank you for reading.


  1. SPD Mom6:20 PM

    You are an inspiration to all of us, Thank you for sharing this information with everyone. I look forward to reading more about your children.

  2. Hi, Belle. Thanks for sharing this. I'm observing my own daughter, now 2.5 yrs old, closely because we've just had an experience that strongly reinforced my suspicion that she's spirited (high needs/strong-willed - whatever you call it, other moms simply have an easier time with their kids) and not just going through the terrific twos. I'm doing AP and because of this, my choice of parenting approach has been under attack. Anyway, I've been reading older posts and you have my admiration. Btw, your children are beautiful.


    PS. Do you follow I think you'll like it.

  3. Hi! I will come back in time and read in detail, but I wanted to just give a quick shout out and tell you I just saw you on the Yahoo Group! I've added your blog to my Google Reader, so I'll check back in very soon!


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