Tuesday, October 4, 2011

SPD: 1 in 20

First of all, I want to thank a dear friend of mine for posting this on her FB page.
She is Luke's and Maggie's Mom, and she is all that and then some.
And she is a blessing to me!

1 in 20.
Those numbers are astounding!
1 in 20.
And that is just an estimate.
Think of those children who are not even diagnosed!

I have 2 children with this in my house.
Two.

We all know what our senses are, right?
But your senses are more than the five that you learned in science class in 5th grade.
The 5 senses that will all know about, sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.
But there are also hidden senses: proprioceptive and vestibular.
These senses give us what we need in terms of perceptions of speed, movement, pressure on our joints and muscles, and the position of our bodies.

Sensory Processing Disorder is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives sensory messages and turns them into responses.

Proprioceptive sense refers to the sensory input and feedback that tells us about movement and body position.
It's "receptors" are located within our muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissues.
It is one of the "deep senses" and could be considered the "position sense"

Vestibular sense is input from the inner ear.
This input provides information about balance and movement, and how the size of our body relates to the sizes of other objects.

Does your child have difficulty motor planning?
Difficulty executing those planned movements (motor control)?
Difficulty grading movement?
Difficulty with postural stability?

Vestibular disorder is input from the inner ear
This input provides information about balance and movement, and how the size of our body relates to the sizes of other objects.

Here is a link to a Sensory Processing Disorder checklist.
Take the test.
See how your child does.
If you are concerned, talk with your pediatrician.
Talk with your schools.
Do whatever you can to provide the additional sensory inputs that your child is craving....to help your child succeed!

And my dear friend also let me in on a little secret of hers: a book she is reading.
Of course, I went right to Amazon.com and ordered it.


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