About Me

I am a special education teacher and proud mother of two beautiful girls. I left the classroom in 2009 following the birth of my first born daughter, who is the inspiration for this blog. From the day she was born I noticed she had sensitivities to her environment. After three years of waiting for her to “grow out of it” I decided to do some research and came across information regarding Sensory Processing Disorder and two years ago she was officially diagnosed with SPD by an occupational therapist. While I had known about sensory issues associated with other disorders such as Autism, I had no idea that it was something all its own and I was even more amazed when I learned that it is not recognized in the medical community.

Since then, I have made it my mission to educate myself, my family, and my friends about SPD and have spent the last few years advocating for my daughter and other children to receive services and accommodations through their school districs for their sensory needs. Recently, some of my writing has been published by NY Metro Parents Magazine and in local Long Island newspapers. I have also contributed stories to the special needs website, The Mighty and have created a Facebook page for sensory parents called My Sensational Girl: Tips from a Sensory Mom.

In the last six years, I have met countless parents like myself who notice these sensitivities in their children but don’t know what to do about it. So I decided to create this blog to raise awareness for SPD and I hope that, in sharing our stories about how SPD impacts our life on a daily basis, I can help other parents help their children like I have been able to help my sensational little girl!

If you are taking the time to read our story, please share one of my posts or any information you can about Sensory Processing Disorder. Your effort to spread the word raises awareness and awareness brings change…not just for my daughter but for so many like her.

Thank you for taking the time to go on this journey of ours!

Happy Reading!

~Lauren

My Family

My Family Celebrating My Sensational Girl’s Fourth Dance Recital

6 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I stumbled upon your website as I was googling the ups and downs of a child with SPD while I myself deal with a child that sounds exactly like yours. I just wanted to let you know how perfect and amazing your summary was of your daughter and how wonderfully it explained kids like we have. Although my son has come a very long way since we started working with him 2 years ago, he still has his highs and lows. It’s always nice to read others stories and to see their success.

    Thank you for sharing your story!

    • Thank you for reading and for your kind words. When we started this journey almost four years ago we knew no one who could relate so I wrote as a way to vent what I felt about raising a child that very few could understand. I am so happy that our story can now become a source of comfort for anyone who has been in the same shoes.

  2. Dear Lauren,

    My name is Christel and I’m a writer for Motherhood Magazine published and circulated in Singapore. We have a ‘Real Life’ section and every month we feature a mum/family with an inspiring story… anything that pulls on the heartstrings or which helps someone else going through a difficult time find strength. I especially like people with a message – in your case, educating people about what sensory processing disorder is. (http://themighty.com/2015/07/explaining-sensory-processing-disorder/) I would like to write a story about your daughter, if you’ll let me. I could do an email interview with you and if needed, a follow up skype call. I can send you some samples of similar stories I’ve done too. You’d fit in well in the September issue so I’d like to hear from you asap. Hoping you’ll get in touch! My email is christelggomes@gmail.com πŸ™‚

  3. Hi there,

    I came across this blog whilst looking for info for my 8 yr old son diagnosed SPD aged 5yrs.

    Our story is not dissimilar from yours and I love the way you describe your dsughter & her uniqueness 😍

    I’m also wondering if you can give me any websites , literature in relation to special needs education in the USA . We are based in UK but looking to relocate with my husbands work . My son is in mainstream school and doesn’t have a HCP (previously known as statement) but he has additional help and attends some specific OT groups at school. I’m wondering where I can find out more about the set up for children like ours in the USA??

    Many thanks in advance

    Juliet

    Juliet_watson@hotmail.co.uk

    • Hi Juliet, thank you for reaching out. In the US, special education varies state to state so, to start, I suggest researching the states you are considering for relocation. Once you do that you would research different districts to see the programs they offer. Good luck!

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