Growing up with sensory processing disorder

When Joanne Sciortino brought her 8-month-old daughter Victoria home from a Russian orphanage, she knew something wasn’t quite right. “From immediately being on the train and watching her rock herself in such a violent way— you knew she was trying to calm her body,” Joanne told FoxNews.com. At 15 months old, Victoria Sciortino underwent early…

Signs and Symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder

Ask parents of kids with learning and behavioral disorders if their children experience problems with sensory processing, and many of them will answer with a resounding “yes”. While it is widely accepted that most children with Autism Spectrum Disorders have trouble integrating sensory input, the fact that children who aren’t on the spectrum also experience…

How to Treat Sensory Processing Disorder

Treatment for sensory processing disorder typically includes occupational therapy, introduction of a sensory diet, and sensory integration challenges that retrain the brain to respond differently to stimulation from the senses. Each person with sensory processing disorder (SPD) has unique needs and sensory difficulties. The first step on the road to treatment is to determine which…

5 Things That Help Me Parent a Child With Sensory Processing Disorder

Parenting a child with sensory processing disorder (SPD) can be challenging. Meltdowns, sensory triggers, behavioral issues and self-regulation skills are all issues we deal with on a regular basis. After a year of researching SPD and working with my child, all of these issues still exist. Some days are easier than others. Other days, I wonder what…

5 Tough Situations for Kids With Sensory Processing Issues

Kids with sensory processing issues can be oversensitive to their surroundings, undersensitive, or both. And what triggers a negative reaction for one child might have no impact on another. Here are some common trouble spots for kids with sensory processing issues. Situation #1: Getting Dressed for School Kids with sensory processing issues can be overly sensitive…

After boy’s controversial TSA pat-down, a look at SPD

An outraged mother gained widespread attention with a video she posted to Facebook showing her 13-year-old son getting a thorough pat-down by a Transportation Security Administration officer at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Jennifer Williamson accused the TSA of treating her family “like dogs,” and noted that her son has sensory processing disorder (SPD). The video…

The Difference Between Sensory Processing Issues and ADHD

Constantly fidgeting and squirming. Invading personal space. Melting down in public. These can be signs of both ADHD and sensory processing issues. While they’re different issues, they have some overlap and can occur together. This table breaks down some of the key differences between ADHD and sensory processing issues. ADHD Sensory Processing Issues What is…

My Son’s Sensory Processing Disorder Was Caused By the Hib Vaccine

My Son’s Sensory Processing Disorder Was Caused By the Hib Vaccine My son was vaccinated on schedule. Lyle was born via C-section. The day he was born he had a hepatitis B vaccine and a vitamin K shot. A week later he was circumcised. He was vaccinated at 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months,…