SPD is not a “dubious diagnosis”

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There I was, spending a quiet evening at home, munching diligently on some freshly-baked oatmeal cookies when my eyes scanned the internet headline “Why ‘Sensory Integration Disorder’ Is A Dubious Diagnosis.” The author of the article, Peter L. Heilbroner, MD, PhD, states that Sensory Processing Disorder (or Sensory Integration Disorder, as it’s also known) is not a real condition.

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As I began to violently shovel oatmeal cookies into my mouth, I read and re-read his article over and over. Below, I have written a counter-argument, because I believe Sensory Processing Disorder is real and those of us with SPD deserve advocacy. Since I am an adult with SPD, I will do the advocating!

His argument:

“Many children with autism have “sensory issues” such as oversensitivity to touch. Similar symptoms occur with other neurodevelopmental and behavioral problems (including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and anxiety disorders. However, the prevailing medical view is that “sensory…

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  1. I’ll post the same comment here as on Eating Off Plastic blog. I’ve been involved in SID or SPD as a researcher and now drum circle facilitator since 2001. I became personally affected by SPD with sound & visual stimuli in the years following a 1992 brain injury and hydrocephalus. In 2002, I undertook a study on sound sensory processing using a metronome, where I showed how “sound patterns” largely determine how sound is processed in the human brain.

    On the favorable side of sound, the Mozart Effect showed positive effects when sound is melodic. On the far negative side, sound (and also visual) exposure remain a critical tool in information extraction and breaking the will of prisoners. Just ask our military and CIA about these methods. As for touch and motion, car and sea sickness are well reported in medical journals. Similarly, information on cognition and the many related cognitive disorders is well published. But for political reasons, the NIH and government have allowed Western Medicine to avoid reporting on the connection between cognition and behavior, and sensory triggers in individuals with brain injury and neurological disorders, while there are numerous published studies on the connection between cognition and behavior, and medical conditions citing both cognitive and cranial nerve deficits – while avoiding sensory processing dysfunction which would SEEM to follow deficits. Similarly, one would expect an individual with a knee muscle or ligament deficet to have impairment in walking or running. One follows the other. However, in the brain, Western Medicine would have us believe sensory processing in the brain to remain normal – which is an idiotic assumption!

    In Sept. 2015, I spoke at a Sovereign Health Center for Addiction on the use of alternative medicine in addiction disorders, as SPD and cognitive accessibility also occur in drug and alcohol addiction. Cognitive accessibility, as you likely know, are a set of protections and accommodations which can help to avert problems with adverse sensory exposure. However, it is over-run by politics, and we’re not seeing really any public or private protections. Perhaps the worst of this occurs with your own TV service in the unhealthful sound coming from commercials – and while we pay for it too!

    In 2013, purchased the domain CognitiveAccessibility.org . I’ve encloses a link to one of my blogs on SPD and sound sensory processing, where you can read about my efforts – and there are links to my wider efforts in this area.

    As for Quackwatch, this group has been outright refuting most therapies under alternative medicine, and thus, has an interest in preventing insurance reimbursement and any competition from the healing arts. As you have likely read, similar efforts were done with medical cannabis.

    You will also find a link to my 2002 SPD study on my web site. We need to join our efforts to advance SPD and related disability rights challenges. Best, Stephen https://dollecommunicationsblog.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/sound-sensory-dysfunction-in-brain-injury-neurological-disorders-and-mental-health-examples-metronome-study/

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