Getting a feel for Sensory Processing Disorder
Nobody in my family has SPD, but I did have a student with the condition. His mother had me read “The Out-of-Sync Child” by Carol Kranowitz, which really helped me become a better teacher.
I’ve been thinking about SPD a lot because last week my cast came off. Now I have two arms feeling two different things. Just touching the skin on my left arm hurts. A gentle breeze is extremely uncomfortable. Lukewarm water feels hot.
I know that physical therapy will help with all of this. In the meantime, I’m getting a hands-on empathy lesson about SPD.
I only have one arm out of sync. I can’t imagine what it would be like living with your whole body feeling that way – or parenting a child who was dealing with that experience on a permanent basis.
Thankfully, there are resources available to help. Children with SPD usually qualify for Occupational Therapy through their local school districts starting at age three through IEPs.
In the classroom, teachers can help kids with SPD by:
- reading “The Out-of-Sync Child”
- providing fidget toys
- allowing weighted stuffed animals
- adjusting the classroom thermostat if possible
- allowing access to quiet reading corners
- and more…
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