Over the last 11 years of raising a child with Sensory Processing Disorder, I have come to learn what it really means to hold my tongue. Countless family gatherings, numerous phone calls with my concerned parents, and sideways glances from extended family… all have built up inside me over the years. It is quite clear that my family not only loves me, but they love my son as well.

The problem is that since they don’t live it and breathe it every day of their life, they just don’t know what to say and how to respond in a helpful way. So many times, the words were at the tip of my tongue but out of fear of being disowned, I remained silent. Today, I’ve joined thousands of other parents, to gather our strength and share what we secretly wish we could tell our families about raising a child with SPD (sensory processing disorder).

Really, thank you from the bottom of my heart and from the hearts of thousands of moms and dads that have wanted you to hear these words but didn’t know how to tell you. Some of these things might not be easy for you to hear and believe me when I tell you, that for us, they aren’t easy to say. However,by getting this far, it tells me that you are either A) a parent that wishes they had the words to say to their family or B) a family member that wants to be supportive and helpful. Either way, you care. You want to help, you want to show support. For that we thank you. Because, the truth is, we need you!

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