Challenges of Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID)

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Challenges of Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID)

The biggest challenge facing a parent whose child has a sensory integration or sensory processing disorder is people's judgment of their behavior. Sensory information that they're taking in is not being processed appropriately and they're either overwhelmed or they're sensory seeking. People often view this as misbehavior. For example, my son can be labeled a bully because he'll knock into somebody on the playground just because he doesn't have an understanding of his body and space. And one of the things that I do, I do several things. First of all, I use every opportunity that I can to educate other parents and educate his teachers on what's happening in his brain when he's sensory seeking. I also stay close; I stay as close to him as you would with a 3-year-old and I often will step in when he's not aware of his body and space and maybe the play is becoming too rough. So I've been shadowing my son since he was four when these issues first started to occur. And so that's probably my biggest challenge is peoples' view of my son's behavior as well as the time commitment to always be there for him.

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Kathy Gordon is the single adoptive mother of a very spirited nine year-old boy, but was not prepared for the challenges of parenting a child whose brain was developed under stress. When her son was three, Kathy had the good fortune of taking parenting classes with Ruth Beaglehole, founding Director of the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting, (, and she realized this powerful compassionate method of working with children was something she wanted to teach. She has been a teacher, director and coach most of her adult life. Kathy was certified as a Parent Educator through the Center for Nonviolent Education and Parenting in May of 2008, and will now continue her training by becoming a Certified Hand-in-Hand Parenting Parent Educator. Kathy works with families individually, teaches parenting classes and facilitates trainings for educators and schools communities. Her practice is called Unconditional Connection because we all long for connection, and we long to be unconditionally loved. We live in a society in which we are continually judged by our behavior. Kathy offers research-based information and tools to help people look underneath and beyond the behavior, so that we may be more unconditionally connected thus creating a world of cooperation and peace. 

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