My family was featured on our local NBC affiliate in a story on what is sensory processing disorder. Although it’s somewhat innaccurate when it comes to our personal story (because my son no longer has SPD or tantrums, thanks to years of therapy and follow through at home), it’s an excellent piece on sensory processing disorder.
Also, we didn’t have to spend “thousands of dollars on therapy” because we lived in NYC and got tons of free therapy through the early intervention system and, later, through the public school system. We are extremely fortunate that our son was diagnosed at a time before massive budget cuts, in a state and city that did provide good services. For every $1 we spend on early intervention for developmental delays, we save $4 on special education. Who can argue with those numbers? And yet EI and school budgets are being slashed in many states. Madness!
However, my husband and I DID pay thousands out of pocket for professional evaluations of speech, eating and oral/motor skills, allergies, neurology, etc., and every penny was worth it to have the information that guided us in determining what help my son needed.