The KID Foundation focuses on research, education, and advocacy related to Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).
SPD is a complex disorder of the brain that affects developing children (and some adults). People with SPD misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement, giving them a different experience of the world from everyone else. For example, some feel bombarded and overwhelmed by ordinary sensations. Some can perceive sensory information but can’t interpret it correctly. Others seek out intense sensory experiences. This can lead to behavioral problems, difficulties with coordination, and many other issues. Children with SPD are often misunderstood and labeled as aggressive or clumsy. They frequently are socially isolated and have trouble in school. Effective treatment is available, but far too many children with SPD are misdiagnosed and not properly treated.
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