So your child doesn't like getting his feet wet. Sensory Perception Disorder. Your kid doesn't like balloons. Sensory Perception Disorder. Doesn't like being touched. SPD. Can't tie his shoes. SPD. Doesn't eat squishy veggies. SPD. Tantrums? You get the idea.
Ah, love to read someone turning a critical eye towards this current darling among the diagnostic set. Vivian Manning-Schaffel takes on Sensory Perception Disorder (Phantam Menace: Do 1 in 20 kids really have "sensory processing disorder"?) over at Babble.
Basically, I question a diagnosis given to children that behave and respond so differently from one another. Personally, I know more a couple children who've been labelled SPD. No, I'm not a clinical psychologist, though I did my stint in clinical psychology and did clinical assessments of children for a couple years, but I have to say the kids I know with so-called SPD all seem very different from one another. And there's not single test that assesses it. Maybe that's why it's not yet made it to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, the official bible of mental health practionners. Course it also means insurance companies do not recognize it. So, as one occupational therapists admits, she labels SPD children with ADD (attention deficit disorder) or feeding problems in order to get insurers to shell out for it.