Melting down from sensory overload or scrambling for stimulation, many kids with ADHD also suffer from sensory processing disorder. Use these strategies to address your child's SPD symptoms and help him live move comfortably in his own skin.
When I was a little girl, long before I knew I had ADHD, I was considered a difficult child. I was anxious and upset a lot of the time, but for no good reason, according to the adults around me. Certain triggers set off my anguish and panic. Getting my hair washed and dried; taking children’s aspirin, which, to me, tasted like sewer water; walking on grass or sand without shoes; going to the dentist.
SPD and ADHD
What my parents didn't know at the time was that I had ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a neurological condition that makes it hard to process and act on information received from the senses. For some children with SPD, information reaching the senses feels like an assault of competing stimuli. For others, outside stimuli are dulled, as if a shade has been pulled over the environment, muting sights, sounds, and touch. These children crave extra stimulation to feel alive.