Sensory-Friendly Activities for Families in Chicago

Family outings may be unsettling for children with sensory issues, including those on the Autism Spectrum and those with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). The bombardment of sensory information, a change in routine, and concern over others’ reactions to their unique needs and helpful tools can translate into a stressful–or even impossible–visit for people in the sensory community.

Chicago area businesses and organizations understand this and are making their venues more accessible to people of all abilities through their Sensory-Friendly events and programs.
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10 Valuable Lessons for Parenting Through Sensory Processing Disorder

It’s been eight years since a team of therapists from early intervention diagnosed my oldest son with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Before that evaluation I had never heard of sensory processing disorder or the acronym SPD. At that point in my life, our family life seemed so chaotic. Most nights I would get into bed feeling utterly exhausted. I felt hopeless.

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