The Sensory Spectrum

For SPD Kiddos and Their Parents

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Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism

autism awareness month puzzle ribbon graphicApril is National Autism Awareness Month. Many parents who have children with Sensory Processing Disorder may wonder why we are talking about Autism on a site dedicated to SPD. Studies conducted by the SPD Foundation reveal more than three-quarters of children with autistic spectrum disorders may have sensory integration symptoms. Continue reading



Why Sensory Play is Important for Preschoolers

Sensory play is an integral part of being a toddler. But it’s also an integral part of being a sensory kid. While many people look at toddler play as just playing, we in the sensory community understand it’s an important way for our kids to learn how to approach and manage the world around them

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The Decision is Final for DSM-V

Published by the American Psychiatric Associat...

Published by the American Psychiatric Association, the DSM-IV-TR provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m disgusted. Not surprised but definitely disgusted. Sensory Processing Disorder was officially excluded from the fifth edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual).

Dr. Lucy Jane Miller of the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation wrote a message to members. Click below to read her letter.

Letter from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller 


French autistic kids mostly get psychotherapy

You may be noticing a lot of pieces about Autism on this site. That’s because Autism, until 1980, was classified as childhood schizophrenia. And for many kids with Autism, sensory issues are a clear component of their diagnosis. Many physicians haven’t really even heard of Sensory Processing Disorder, let alone know how to address it.  So by looking at the battle Autism is having within our communities, it allows us to understand the type of battle we are facing within the sensory community as a whole.

French autistic kids mostly get psychotherapy