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Opening Up-Sensory Processing Disorder(SPD)

Updated on July 13, 2014

Discovery

Every parent when you are starting out, you see this perfect little angel. Your child with all their future and life ahead of them. Everything will be perfect, they will go to the best schools the best colleges, become doctors, lawyers, athletes, maybe, even president! You never think starting out that anything could or will go wrong and you as the parent want to make sure of that. I know because I am the same way. I have two daughters one is 4 and has a larger then life personality and is smart as a whip. Then I have my 2 year old Chloe, she is my angel, my sunshine, my sweet little sensory seeker little girl.

Chloe my little angel!
Chloe my little angel!

Learning More....

Chloe has always been very mobile and very much an independent kid. She enjoyed playing quietly and studying her toys rather then playing with them. Even before she could walk she seemed to always be moving and then when she started walking she was up and running. She never sits still, she always has to carry a million toys in her hand and squeeze really hard. She climbs, and jumps and bounce for a long time, we have gone through two mattresses cribs!! Me and my husband didn't think anything about it because hey every child is different and when it came to the differences between her and her sister there were many. As some time passed we were approaching her second birthday and Chloe still was not saying even simple words yet, mommy, daddy, nothing. She babbles and uses hand gestures and makes lots of noises even hums but no words. Like any other parent we were concerned but as any parent knows when you have something like that other parents are always right there to hand over their own advice or experiences. We were told, "don't worry she will grow out of it", "give it some time", "her sister talks for her", "she just isn't ready yet". Therefore, thinking maybe we were not working hard enough with her, we put ourselves into overdrive! Working all the time, trying different techniques but it seemed we could never keep her attention, it would appear that most of the time she was just ignoring us, she wasn't even turning to her name. We cut out t.v. and music and try to clear out her room so she would focus on us only and it seemed just to get worse!! What was going on? What were we doing wrong?

Revelation

Chloe turned 2 and even with all our work we didn't seem to be getting very far. Therefore, we decided to take her in and have our family doctor take a look to see if something was going on that we hadn't notice. Now, I have to say that we are very lucky we have a great family doctor, he has been my personal doctor since I was 11 and delivered both my babies. However, sometimes family doctors have very limited experience dealing with special needs children. The doctor told us she was healthy, didn't seem to have any problems with hearing, and maybe she just had a delayed speech problem. Even though that calmed me a bit he decided to refer us to First Steps, which is a state run program that helps with developmental delays in young children. At first I was a little hesitant, I kept telling myself maybe it was just a little delay and give it more time, but you mother's out there will know that you have an instinct about your children and there was something that kept nagging at me. The best advice I have to give to parents is NEVER ignore that most basic parental instinct when it comes to your child. You know your child best and you are the only one that can fight for your child and their needs.

The day of the evaluation came and I was so nervous, you don't know how others will look at you or your child. The therapists that came out and saw Chloe were very nice and calm and put me at ease right away. They asked a lot of questions and of course when you are with your child day to day some times you get into a routine and don't think it is odd or different because I didn't sit around and compare all day if what my child was doing is normal or not. The end of the session came and after all the notes were taken they told me Chloe showed signs of SPD(sensory processing disorder). What??? I had heard of Autism, Asberger's, ADD, ADHD, but not SPD. They gave me an explanation and explained further that Chloe was a sensory seeker, she needs more stimulation then other children and that SPD was like a "traffic jam" in regard to her senses and how she interpreted her environment. Before the therapists left they gave me a book to purchase, which is posted below and I would recommend it to anyone starting out or worried that their child might have sensory issues, it is easy to understand and helped me a lot to understand Chloe and her behavior. After, reading the book it was like a revelation, so many things clicked into place and started putting in my mind how Chloe was looking at the world! However, the best part of their departure was the therapist looking at me, taking my hand and saying," take a deep breath, she is going to be alright". I pass that on to any newcomers to this page, "Take a deep breath, your child is going to be alright. We will get through this together"!

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi wileyspeaks. I had never heard of this condition either before reading this hub. Now you have a diagnosis you are well on the way to helping your lovely child in the right way. My daughter was dyslexic and like you and most mothers I knew there was something wrong even before it was picked up and I was asked to go and see the head teacher at her school. All I can tell you is that she came on in leaps and bounds once she was getting the correct help and I am sure your little one will do the same. Many thanks for following me, I will do the same now for you :)

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      Anna 4 years ago from Auburn, Indiana

      Thank you for your posts and I'm so glad that you are following me. One of my main goal is to raise awareness and early detection in children!! Look forward to hearing and reading more from you!

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      Kimberly Schimmel 4 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      There seems to be no end to the differnt ways our children can be different. I haven;t read much about SPD, being more interested in Einstein Syndrome and other peculiarities of the gifted population. I will look forward to your hubs to expand my horizons.

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      Anna 4 years ago from Auburn, Indiana

      Kschimmel- Thank you for following my hub and thank you for commenting. I too am amazed at how different children are from one another!

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Voted up, interesting and useful. I have taught dyslexics and I know there are many overlaps with dyspraxia, autism, ADHD etc but I've never heard of SPD before though I knew that sensory problems existed. You are so right to say that one should act upon maternal instincts, be it when a child is poorly or has some sort of difficulty like this. Well done for coping and adapting and doing so much for your lovely little girl. I'm sure it's hard work but rewarding all the same. Thanks for sharing the information, good luck and I'm looking forward to reading more of your hubs. Thanks, too, for the follow! Ann

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I wish you and your child a bright future. I believe that sharing your experiences will go a long way in helping other parents cope .

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      Coolpapa 4 years ago from Florida

      Your advice to never "...ignore that most basic parental instinct when it comes to your child." is right on the money. So much time is lost when we listen tour GP's when we know someting is not right with our child. Never, never ignore your gut instincts with your child. Great Piece!

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