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What is SPD

Children with SPD may not enjoy common childhood experiences and may be at increased risk for struggles with learning, behavioral, attention, motor and social skills mastery. Estimated Prevalence - up to 15 % of children entering school may have untreated symptoms of SPD.




Sensory Modulation Disorder
Difficulties may include:

Unusually strong negative reactions to every day sensory stimuli such as to certain noises, clothing textures, smells, etc.

May contribute to gagging, picky eating and/or problems with mealtime, leading to a very limited diet.

Avoidance of messy or textured materials – walking on grass, playing with gooey things which impacts participating in play activities.

Strong preferences for how clothes feel or fit.

Emotional responses may increase throughout the day & impact one’s ability to stay organized and or transition from one activity to the next.


Sensory Discrimination Disorder
Difficulties may include:

Not noticing that food needs to be wiped off one’s face or that clothing is disheveled.

Difficulty following directions or finding one’s way.

Difficulty distinguishing between similar sounds impacting reading.

Difficulty manipulating objects such as silverware, scissors, buttons, writing tools, etc.

Difficulty touching and recognizing objects when not looking directly at them.

Poor balance.

Problems finding pictures or objects in a cluttered background.


Dyspraxia - difficulty learning new physical skills or
skills requiring visual motor accuracy

Difficulties may include:

Resistance to or discomfort with trying or mastering new motor skills or activities such as learning to ride a bike, writing skills, jumping jacks, engaging in sports, driving, etc.

May tend to be clumsy.

Poor stamina or may be too easily fatigued.

Poor sitting tolerance, slouches, slides out of chair.

Poor visual tracking for learning to catch a ball, skills needed for reading.

Many children remain underserved who are coping with sensory processing disorders, (SPD). These children and adults often have co-morbid (other conditions occurring at the same time), that include attention and learning disorders, mental health issues and other genetic and developmental disorders that require evaluation and on-going treatment. SIERF continues our mission to provide education and services within accessible environments and to work with other organizations to expand resources for children who have these disorders so these children are able to reach their full potential. Please consider donating to our cause.

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