sensory processing disorder

School Readiness and Signs that Your Child May Have Sensory Issues

Aiden’s father teared up as he talked about his son’s progress in dealing with Sensory Processing Disorder. At nine years old, Aiden is just beginning to read, but his dad feels he is going to have a breakthrough this year.  See his video. Children with sensory issues often have developmental delays and sadly, misdiagnosis is common, as healthcare professionals are not trained to recognize sensory issues. Sensory processing refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into responses. For those with Sensory Processing Disorder, sensory information goes into the brain but does not get organized into appropriate responses. One person with SPD may over-respond to sensation and find clothing, physical contact, light, soun...

Sensory Processing Disorder: Joshua’s Story and the STAR Center’s Treament

Joshua’s Story  “I felt helpless because I couldn’t tell other people (including the school) what to do to help Joshua because I didn’t know myself. It is heartbreaking to find out that your child has SPD and not have any idea what to do about it.  Very quickly I went from wondering if I was just a bad parent to knowing that I was completely inadequate to deal with the new reality and not knowing where to look to find the answers.”                       –Joshua’s Mom Joshua was withdrawn, prone to outbursts of anger, reluctant to try new things and had communication challenges. Joshua’s mom searched online and found the STAR Center whose therapy program was pioneered as an intensive model… so kids progre...

Douglas County Libraries’ story times for autistic kids welcomed

The sensory-enhanced story time at the Highlands Ranch Library is great for Holly del Campo and her 2 1/2-year-old son, Nolan, because she said it’s so hard to keep him engaged. He has sensory processing disorder, which means he interprets the world differently than others through his senses, but also has a hard time sitting still and keeping engaged in regular story time. She said he was diagnosed at 2 when he was not speaking. “It’s great that places like the library are aware of it,” del Campo said. “It’s hard to go to the library because he goes from thing to thing.” The sensory-enhanced story time was designed for children along the autism spectrum, or any child who is differently abled. Douglas County Libraries designed it over nine months CLICK TO READ FULL STORY