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Many, if not most of us, have at least some sensory sensitivity that
affects our ability to function in everyday life. One research study
reports that one in 20 children today has Sensory Processing Disorder
(SPD).1 Another study indicates that one in six children experiences sensory
symptoms that may affect his or her ability to function if everyday
life.2 Even though we offer in-depth information about SPD and related
sensory issues in this book, we’ve really written it for all parents and all
kids. Why? Because each of us has a unique set of sensory experiences
and preferences that shapes the way we experience our world.
If you have already read our previous book, Sensory Parenting: Newborns
to Toddlers, then this first section may be a little review for you.
But, remember—repetition is the key to learning!
Let’s begin by reviewing the eight sensory systems and how they
can affect your child. Then, we will take you through the developmental
stages of your child’s elementary years. We’ll go over red flags to look for
to help you recognize your child’s sensory sensitivities. We will also provide
you with ideas on how to alleviate his or her sensory and behavioral
issues. Finally, we will help guide you through the process of finding an
appropriate therapist or other resource to help you with any worries you
may have. You will also find information about how to work through a
504 plan or an Individualized Education Program (IEP) if your child
needs it, and more.
Many of you are becoming “sensory savvy” and are learning all
about the eight sensory systems and how these systems affect each of us
differently. As they say, knowledge is power, and your child will reap the
benefits of your efforts—as will the rest of your family.