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.
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.