The difficult, picky and apparently overly sensitive child in your life may be struggling with a little-known condition called sensory processing disorder (SPD). Kids with SPD may seem unduly sensitive to physical sensations, light and sound, and they may react strongly to sensory events that adults and other children take in stride or totally ignore. SPD can make it hard for kids to do well in school, participate in social events and live peaceably with other family members. Until now there have been only limited resources for parents of kids with this condition, but now a child advocate and child psychologist offer this comprehensive guide to parenting a child with SPD and integrating his or her care with the needs of the whole family. The book introduces SPD and offers an overview of what it means to advocate for a child with the condition. It describes a range of activities that help strengthen family relationships, improve communication about the disorder and deal with problem situations and conditions a child with SPD may encounter.
Christopher R. Auer, MA, is employed in the Mayor's Office for Education and Children as the disabilities and mental health administrator for Denver's Great Kids Head Start. He holds licensure as a director of special education and is the parent of three children, one of whom is diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, mood disorder and sensory processing disorder. Susan L. Blumberg, Ph.D., is co-author of six books, including Fighting for Your Marriage and Twelve Hours to a Great Marriage. She has more than twenty years' experience as a family advocate for families with children with special needs, helping families navigate through the system to obtain services and supports. She is also the parent of two children, one of whom is diagnosed with non-verbal learning disability and sensory processing disorder.