Sensory Processing Disorder Red Flags

Parents are the adults in the best position to know when their child has a sensory problem but, too often, their observations are discounted because they are “just the parents.” If the family’s health care provider isn’t familiar with SPD, the clues that triggered the parents’ alarm may be overlooked, misinterpreted, or dismissed. The parents may be scolded for over-reacting or they may be offered assurances that their child is “just a little delayed” or “going through a phase” or “showing his personality.” The child may be misdiagnosed and even treated for another disorder that is already familiar to the doctor rather than for the real culprit: Sensory Processing Disorder. By the time I meet families through the SPD Foundation, at the STAR Center in Denver, or in one of the workshops I teach, the parents are often near despair because they have tried and failed to convince somebody that red flag symptoms exist and are disrupting their child’s life in basic ways. . . . (They) know something isn’t right but they are intimidated, frustrated, or downright discouraged because nobody believes them.

– from Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR