An estimated 40-60% of children with either ADHD or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) have both conditions. Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition in which the body doesn’t react appropriately to sensory signals — certain parts of the brain don’t receive the information needed to correctly interpret sensory signals. This creates challenges in everyday tasks and can result in motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, and school failure. Usually, SPD creates a child who is a sensory avoider or a sensory seeker. Ricochet, my son with ADHD, SPD, and LDs, is most definitely a sensory seeker, as I believe most clinically hyperactive kids are. Truly, he is both a sensory seeker and avoider, but the majority is seeking. A sensory seeker might: Read more
Some people are thrill-seekers — they feel most alive when experiencing the unexpected. Some of us (hand raised) are worriers, avoiding all things unpredictable, but managing for the most part. Most kids with ADHD fall somewhere in the middle. They may not seek out dangerous activities for the thrill, but they feel most adept when there’s excitement and a thrilling pace. Yet, on the other side of that coin, they need predictability to manage their weaknesses.
My son, Ricochet, desperately needs predictability. Read more
My son, Ricochet, had a birthday last week. He’s officially a preteen, now twelve years old. As we do each birthday for both of our kids, we asked him where he wanted to eat on his birthday. But, unlike his sister, he hemmed and hawed and couldn’t make up his mind. He kept answering, “I just want to stay home.” Read more
9 calming sensory activities for kids with ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
ADHD and sensory processing issues often go hand-in-hand. My son, Ricochet, is a sensory seeker and the tools and techniques our occupational therapist has taught us are invaluable. Here are some of my favorite calming sensory activities, ready for you to pin to your Pinterest account, or bookmark.