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!