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The STAR Institute for SPD calls for nationwide action to spread awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder during October’s National Sensory Awareness Month. Symptoms of sensory challenges occur within a broad spectrum of severity in both children and adults, which often go untreated due to current unawareness of medical professionals and parents. While most of us have occasional difficulties processing sensory information, for children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder, these difficulties are chronic, neurological and they disrupt everyday life. Often, someone struggling with sensory challenges are categorized as having behavioral issues when they are simply reacting to a neurological sensory overload. These children and adults need proper sensory therapy to learn how to self-regulate so they can improve their quality of life.
One study (Ahn, Miller, Milberger, McIntosh, 2004) shows that at least 1 in 20 children’s daily lives is affected by SPD. Another research study by the Sensory Processing Disorder Scientific Work Group (Ben-Sasson, Carter, Briggs-Gowen, 2009) suggests that 1 in every 6 children experiences sensory symptoms that may be significant enough to affect aspects of everyday life functions. Parents and caregivers of loved ones with SPD find the disorder to be isolating and limiting until they receive specialized Occupational Therapy.
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