As a parent, my goal is to give my child the tools she needs to reach her full potential. I’m blessed because I also happen to work in Special Education as a teacher and I have access to countless ideas for making new tools to support my daughter. Like you, I am on a budget; and like you, I don’t want to limit my child. I want her to be as independent as she can be in her daily life – especially in her personal care routines.
In today’s world, the term “sensory processing disorder,” also known as “SPD,” has become quite common. But the trick is, a lot of people don’t actually know what it means; they don’t understand what it looks like, much less how it feels; they can’t explain it to their neighbor.
This is largely because when the term “SPD” comes up, it’s oftentimes not explained. A brief description might come up but when we start diving into the sensory world, a brief description just doesn’t cut it. In fact, I barely scratch the surface in this post. But, we’ll see how it goes.
‘Sensory.’ The new ‘IT’ word. If you’re new to sensory, let me explain what exactly it means: “relating to sensation or the physical senses; transmitted or perceived by the senses.”
What does this mean to you if you’re reading this blog? You’re probably wondering if your child / future child will struggle with their sensory processing ability. Honestly, everyone struggles to process some sort of sensory input at some point in their life. Some more than others. And for some, it affects every daily task they participate in.