Ten Fundamental Facts About SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder is a complex disorder of the brain that affects developing children and adults.

Parent surveys, clinical assessments, and laboratory protocols exist to identify children with SPD.

At least one in twenty people in the general population may be affected by SPD.

In children who are gifted and those with ADHD, Autism, and fragile X syndrome, the prevalence of SPD is much higher than in the general population.

Studies have found a significant difference between the physiology of children with SPD and children who are typically developing.

Studies have found a significant difference between the physiology of children with SPD and children with ADHD.

Sensory Processing Disorder has unique sensory symptoms that are not explained by other known disorders.

Heredity may be one cause of the disorder.

Laboratory studies suggest that the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are not functioning typically in children with SPD.

Preliminary research data support decades of anecdotal evidence that occupational therapy is an effective intervention for treating the symptoms of SPD.

– from Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD ) p. 249-250 by Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR