Sensory Processing Disorder And Learning

This collection of resources explores a real life look at sensory processing disorder and learning.

sensory processing disorder and learning

Sensory processing disorder affects my oldest child, all the time.

It’s here every day, day in and day out, making them uncomfortable in their own body, and unable to tolerate so many things that I just take for granted.

Sensory Processing Disorder Can Cause Significant Impairment

Temple Grandin, speaks candidly about the sensory issues that accompany her autism diagnosis. She speaks candidly about how little research and understanding there is, for something that she considers to be the most significant impairment in her life.

It makes me a little panicky and even more so, angry, when I read about the lack of understanding, research, treatment, and care in the medical community, when it comes to SPD.

The one thing that I wish I could alleviate for my child, above anything else, is the way his sensory system impacts his overall well-being.

It has been so much a part of my child’s daily existence for so long, it’s hard to imagine what his life would even be like without SPD.

Parenting A Child With Sensory Processing Disorder

My youngest also struggles with sensory processing issues. He has difficulties with sounds, textures and smells. The older he gets, the more challenging his sensory system has become.

It is not an exaggeration when I say this affects every single part of our life, every single day.

The Reality Of The Day To Day

Here are just a few examples of the day in day out impact of sensory issues:

  • I find myself tensing up when my child puts on socks, hoping it won’t cause a meltdown.
  • I am getting used to the  stares when my child melts down in a noisy crowded place.
  • I have learned to just relax when he lies on the floor in the grocery store, because it makes his body feel better.
  • I take a deep breath and offer options, when the texture of the dinner I cooked doesn’t feel right.

For years, it was part of my kids’ daily work to understand and begin to help give their bodies what they needed to stay regulated. Until my children were able to do it on their own, I think knowledge and compassion were the only way tools I had to help them. It still is!

Sensory processing disorder is a very real part of our lives. Maybe, it is part of yours too.

Sensory Processing Issues And Learning

Sensory issues have also played a huge role in my decision to homeschool and the approach we take to learning. In this video, I share the ins and outs of how sensory needs play into homeschooling a unique learner.

Because this has been such an important component of how I planned our homeschool days, I have also put together a workbook for parents to be used as you plan your homeschool year with a sensory child.

Sensory Processing Disorder: More Learning Resources and Support

Click on the images below for even more detailed support in helping a child with sensory processing issues.

Is Sensory Processing Disorder Really That Big Of A Deal?
Overcoming Sensory Issues
What I Wish I'd Known About My Son's Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory processing disorder and bathing
Sensory activities around the house
eating issues and sensory processing disorder

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