In honor of Autism Awareness Month and Occupational Therapy Month I am thrilled to feature a guest blogger. Dynisha King is an experienced OT and she graciously accepted my invitation to share her insights with us. So without further ado, I am handing it off to Ms. King. Sensory Processing Disoder (SPD)! Like Quantum Physics, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is one of those topics that can be a bit complex to explain and or understand. Okay, so, maybe not that difficult.
When we talk about autism spectrum disorders (ASD) the focus is typically on boys. Autism affects 1 in 68 children, and affects boys four times more often than girls. Despite increased awareness, there continues to be a group that is under looked- GIRLS. Recent studies suggest that girls, especially those that are verbal and of average intellect, are often overlooked and under-diagnosed. Why?? These girls present with different signs. Autism does not manifest in girls in