Autism is still a widely misconceived concept but Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) even more so. In my last post, Why Parents of Autistic Kids Get Judged and What to Do About It, I touch a bit upon the topic where I wrote: “78 percent [of those with autism] have problems related to sensory processing disorder (SPD) where things that most of us can easily handle, such as bright light, loud sounds, how different textures feel against our skin etc., can turn into a negative stimulus and become a major issue.” I don’t have SPD myself and therefore I don’t know exactly how it affects people. However, my sons do have some sensory related problems and thus, I want to elaborate on the discussion in my last post.
As those of you know who’ve been following my blog for some time, our little V has had sleeping problems for a long while. But it has never been as bad as the past few months. As mentioned in my post Autism Sleeping Problems, it is rather common for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) to experience problems related to sleep. Some have trouble falling asleep while others have trouble sleeping. In V’s case it’s the falling asleep part that has been problematic, as it usually takes him up to 3 hours to surrender to drowsiness and fall asleep. And since one adult has to sit with him until that happens, the situation is far from ideal for us, his parents, and for him. So, we decided to try something entirely different.