Growing up with sensory processing disorder

“By the time a child is school-aged, [in] middle school, certainly a teenager, I want that child to be able to self-advocate. To really have the self-knowledge to say, ‘This hard for me’, ‘This is what I can do,’ ‘This is how I can overcome it,’” Biel said.

While some doctors and school teachers remain skeptical about SPD and claim that some kids are just fussy or shy, Joanne says the most important thing to remember as a parent is to trust yourself.

“You’ll still get a lot of pushback because SPD isn’t in a classified [medical] listing yet, but the effects on your child— and how it affects them day to day and in school and in relationships— is very real,” she said.

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