ADHD/ADD, Self-esteem, OCD, Cutting, Sleep Disturbance, PDD, ODD, Disorganized Focus/ attention, Attachment, Suicidal, PTSD, Trust Issues, Anger Outburst, Learning & Emotional Concerns, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Uncoordinated & Accidents, Moodiness are just some of the many diagnoses that have been difficult to manage and treat before Sensory Processing Work began to master the diagnoses with different techniques.
Children with Sensory Processing Disorder often have problems with skills and other abilities needed for school success and childhood accomplishments. As a result, they almost always suffer from emotional, social, and educational problems, including the inability to make friends or be a part of a group, poor self-concept, academic failure, and being labeled clumsy, uncooperative, belligerent, disruptive, or "out of control." Anxiety, depression, aggression, or other behavior problems can follow. Parents may be blamed for their children's behavior by people who are unaware of the child's "hidden handicap," because the children look “normal” or “typical”, but do not behave typically.
Effective treatment for Sensory Processing Disorder is available, but far too many children with sensory symptoms are misdiagnosed and/or improperly treated. Untreated SPD that persists into adulthood can affect an individual's ability to succeed in marriage, work, and community social environments. For example, in our adult program we have treated Medical Doctors (psychiatrists, and dermatologists) who have successful practices but are unhappy personally. SPD creates tremendous stress for families who live with this “hidden handicap.” Research by Alice Carter and her team suggests that families of children with SPD have more serious impairments than families of children with diagnosed disorders such as anxiety disorder, autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder and other established disorders (Carter, Ben-Sasson, & Briggs-Gowan, 2011). We believe this is due in part to the disorder not being recognized officially so there are few support groups, and parents are often led to feel the problems are their “fault.” Our mission to advocate for true recognition of this disorder is urgent so that families who live with SPD can have a higher quality of life.
- "Sensory Processing Disorder is recognized as a major cause of self impairment in children, adolescents and adults. It is commonly present in behavioral conditions such as anxiety disorder, PTSD, ADHD and learning disabilities. SPD may contribute to the development of many poorly understood physical diseases and syndromes."
- " SPD is the behaviorial seed that sprouts and flourishes, rendering the child exquisitely sensitive to events that might be at all traumatic. It is based on the cyclical autonomic dysregulation of trauma, with both extremes of autonomic expression. But rather than the restricted and inadequate diagnosis of PTSD, the syndrome that emerges with maturation is complex trauma...SPD and complex trauma are the closest of relatives. In both cases the treatment is primarily somatic in nature and quality because words only address the tip of the iceberg." (Interview with Robert Scaer, MD and Victoria Behrends, 9/19/11)