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).