Sunday, November 01, 2009
Sensory Processing Disorder
"What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers." – Matina Horner (At least in the special education realm - answers are hard to come by.)
Happy Birthday to Jenny McCarthy -
I know she has done a lot of, well 'different' things in her life, but she is active for autism. Sensory is a part of that and well, sensory is one of my causes. Everyone with autism has some sensory issues, but not every with sensory issues is autistic. Sensory can stand alone.
That's the 'cause' I'm working for - sensory standing alone as it's own unique diagnosis. The Sensory Processing Disorder Center is run by Dr. Lucy Miller who I have met, talked with, and trained with- she is AWESOME! I've been in class with Carol Kranowitz author of The Out Of Sync Child.
These two women are trying to get sensory processing disorder as it's own individual DSM diagnosis. Probably doesn't mean much to you - but to some it means a lot. A lot more services in school for one.
Anyway, in May 2007, McCarthy announced that her son was diagnosed with autism in 2005.
McCarthy served as a spokesperson for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) from June 2007 until October 2008. She participated in fundraisers, online chats, and other activities for the non-profit organization to help families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Her first fundraiser for TACA, Ante Up for Autism, was held on October 20, 2007, in Irvine, California.
McCarthy's book on the subject, Louder than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism was published September 17, 2007. She has stated both in her book and during her appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show that her husband was unable to deal with their son's autism, which led to their divorce. (Wikipedia)
Personally I don't think you can cure autism or it wasn't real autism to begin with - but you can sure make a child with autism's life much better - especially with early intervention.
Autism, special needs, dyslexia and SPD - causes that Chatty believes in.