What is Sensory Integration Dysfunction (DID) ?

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What is Sensory Integration Dysfunction (DID) ?

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Sensory Integration Disorder, which is now being called Sensory Processing Disorder. It means that the information that we take in through our senses, our brain is not able to process appropriately. All of the information that we take in through our senses actually helps us function in the physical world. When this information is not interpreted correctly, there are all sorts of motor planning issue and motor sequencing issues. A child may be be able to feel body in space. This is one of the ways it affects my son. He is often accused of playing too rough, but it is because he doesn't have a sense of his body in space. He also has some fine motor problems. You can either have a child who is overwhelmed by sensory and they shut down, they can't stand the feel of their clothes; or a sensory seeker, like my son, who needs to knock into things because his brain feels like he's not getting enough sensory input. This child can have a difficult time in the classroom because all that noise and, sometimes not being able to move. It can be very difficult. That sensory overload can be very difficult for a child who has a sensory overload problem.

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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, (theechocenter.org), 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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