On The Spectrum

We have a 7 year old who is on the Spectrum.

What does that mean, you ask?

“On the Spectrum” means on the Autism Spectrum. He has Aspergers Syndrome. They have modified the diagnosis of it though and changed it to Autism Type 1. The Autism Spectrum now has 3 different types, depending on how severe functioning in everyday life can be for that child. Type 1 is considered High Functioning Autism or HFA.

Along with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), he also has a Sensory Processing Disorder. Now this may be harder to explain. Most people aren’t familiar with Sensory Processing. And if you are, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

The technical explanation of Sensory Processing is “the ability to organize and interpret information we receive through our senses of sight, sound, taste, smell, touch, balance and body awareness. Sensory processing allows us to produce appropriate responses for particular situations, tasks and environments”. (SPD Website source)

Kids with SPD will either be Sensory Seekers, Sensory Avoiders, Sensory Sensitive, or a Child with Low Registration to the Senses. You can kind of guess what these four categories are just by the titles. Our boy is a Sensory Seeker. He loves Proprioceptive input and Vestibular input.

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