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Meghan's World:The Story of One Girl's Triumph over Sensory Processing Dis (Book) - 2/4/2008 10:18:46 PM
Good luck on this book. Sounds interesting and easy for children to follow..

About Meghan & Her Triumph over Sensory Processing Disorder (Short Story) - 2/4/2008 10:09:32 PM
Thanks for sharing Meghan's story and her success. Very interesting story. Enjoyed the read.

About Meghan & Her Triumph over Sensory Processing Disorder (Short Story) - 9/11/2007 5:40:54 PM
The story about Meghan describes what Meghan experienced with her SPD (sound sensitivity (she couldn't tolerate the classroom or restraunt because of the noise), not looking people in the eye, tactile defensive (had problems with clothes - tags, seams, jeans, underwear, etc). Kids with autism and other social and learning disabilities have dysfunctions in sensory integration - most kids with autism severe - this is why they are not social or get overstimulated. SPD is a very complex, misunderstood and misdiagnosed neurological disorder. Not all kids will look the same or act the same - it is ever changing - one minute the kid might be blaring the radio and the next, covering their ears and complaining because of the noise from the lights. In the beginning of my book, I have "A Brief Explanation", which I got permission to quote from Meghan's OT's book, "Including SI for Parents" by Jeanne Sangirardi Ganz, OTR/L BCP (which is a great book for understanding and ways to help your child) - I will post her quote below for better understanding: "Sensory Integration is a normal process by which the senses provide information about our bodies and the world around us. The brain and the rest of the nervous system take that information and organize it so that we can learn, move, and behave normally. This is sensory processing, or sensory integration. All people process sensory information, some more efficiently than others ... "When the normal process of sensory integration is not efficient, we label it sensory integration dysfunction. This simply means that parts of this processing system are not providing information reliably. Sensory Integration Dysfunction (often labeled DSI or SPD)can interfere with an individuals ability to attend, develop motor skills, regulate behavior and organize tasks, complete self-care skills (for example, dressing and eating), devlop visual and auditory skills, and to feel comfortable in the environment." The book I wrote, "Meghan's World" is a story based on my daughter's first preschool show. It shows how she can't find anything comfortalbe to wear, has a meltdown, can't sit at the dinner table and only eats cold broccoli and pasta, then how she is excited for her show, but is scared, a kids bumps her arm, it hurt, then the noise hurts her ears, she has a meltdown - it basically validates kid's feelings and shows parents/teachers all of the outside stimuli that contributes to the child's breakdown or withdrawn behavior. The other part of the book briefly mentions the therapies that helped Meghan and it has an section with links for parents to learn/investigate more. Meghan is perfectly fine now and we want to share her success. There are many alternative therapies available, but not widely known by parent, teachers, therapists. Other examples of autism spectrum disorders are dyslexia, hyperlexia (can read young, but not understand what they read), ADHD, OCD. Many kids will bang their head because of sound sensitivity. It all is very complex and hard to explain. I hope this helps. Thanks for your interest.

About Meghan & Her Triumph over Sensory Processing Disorder (Short Story) - 9/11/2007 10:54:27 AM
I still don't understand sensory processing disorder or all the disorders tied with autism. While this is a very good article, I am still confused about autism and the spectrum disorders. Enlighten me.

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