There seems to be a lot of talk about sensory processing disorder lately. That’s a good thing, right? It means people are starting to become more aware and understand more. There’s just one problem with that statement… those of us living it every day don’t even understand it fully. Some days are a complete struggle while others are completely rewarding.
Many might ask what is sensory processing disorder…
I’ll tell you. ..
What Does Sensory Processing Disorder REALLY Mean?
Sensory processing disorder means never knowing how your child is going to feel from day to day.
Sensory processing disorder means others will look at you like a bad parent, like “why can’t you just control your child”.
Sensory processing disorder means your child may never look you in the eye or learn to hug you.
Sensory processing disorder means feeling lost as a parent one moment and feeling relief the next.
Sensory processing disorder means you never know if today is the day others will see the child you know your child can be.
Sensory processing disorder means fighting and struggling with love ones to find answers and agree on solutions.
Sensory processing disorder means becoming a helicopter parent even though you wish you weren’t.
Sensory processing disorder means never knowing if you will have to cancel on your loved ones plans at the last minute.
Sensory processing disorder means feeling guilty as a mom because you just can’t take the noises, the touches, and the meltdowns one more day.
Sensory processing disorder means unconditional love.
Sensory processing disorder means everyday things like going to the movies, getting ready for school, and eating a meal can be the worst part of the day.
Sensory processing disorder means having to hug your child tight and teach them they are perfect despite their tears of feeling rejected.
Sensory processing disorder is real.
Sensory processing disorder affects everyone involved, not just the person struggling.
The truth is… it’s a silent painful disorder that I wouldn’t have any other way. It has taught me to be a more accepting parent, a more receptive teacher, and a more loving individual.
For more information on Sensory Processing Disorder and Sensory Awareness, check out these great resources.
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