Sensory Processing Disorder, or SPD, is not technically an autism spectrum disorder — making it difficult to address on an IEP — but many children with autism also have some symptoms of SPD, which is why I’m writing about it under the “Autism Awareness” heading.
One of the things we learn early on in school is that we all have five senses: taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight. But as Hartley Steiner, author of This is Gabriel Making Sense of School, points out on her blog, Hartley’s Life with 3 Boys, there are actually seven. In addition to the five we learn about as kids (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell) there are two more — vestibular and proprioceptive. And those are the ones that pose a particular problem for some kids who have SPD and are on the autism spectrum.