Denver, Colo. (PRWEB) December 11, 2012
The holiday season can be overwhelming for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and other disorders with sensory components, including autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit disorders.
Children with SPD have trouble processing information gathered through the senses, resulting in unacceptable behaviors. For instance, children with SPD may refuse to eat at family gatherings, find hugs unbearable, or have meltdowns while shopping. These behaviors are daily realities for more than three million children in the United States alone, but accentuated with the additional intensity and excitement from holiday activities.
The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation encourages parents to download its Do You Know Me flyer, which can be used to explain SPD and specific behaviors to family members and friends. The flyer is available at SPDFoundation.net in both English and Spanish.
The SPD Foundation also offers the following tips to help families with situations that arise during the holidays.
"Although taking extra precautions with your ‘sensational’ child may lessen the number of meltdowns during the holidays, they may not be totally eliminated. Watch for cues and remove your child from overwhelming situations whenever possible,” suggests Roianne Ahn, Ph.D., Psychologist, STAR Center in Greenwood Village, Colorado. “The holidays are a time to remember that everyone has hidden gifts that are delightfully special. Look for those qualities in yourself and your children everyday.”
To learn more about SPD, including education, research and treatment options, visit SPDNow.org.
ABOUT SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER FOUNDATION
The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation, a Colorado 501(c)(3), offers educational programs, conducts SPD research, and provides resources for parents worldwide. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, widely recognized as a leader in SPD research worldwide, founded the SPD Foundation in 1979. For more information, visit SPDNow.org or call (303) 794-1182.