Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD, previously referred to as "sensory integration dysfunction") is a condition in which a person has difficulty processing and acting upon the information they receive through their senses. This creates difficulty with many everyday tasks. Most people with Autism Spectrum Disorder also have Sensory Processing Disorder. Symptoms overlap and are both often treated with a Sensory Diet.
Symptoms may include:
Occupational therapists often recommend a Sensory Diet for SPD.
A weighted blanket can literally be a lifesaving device for entire families where someone is not sleeping or suffering from some form of sensory processing disorder (SPD). Weighted blankets are best used for improving sleep and can also be used on the couch or in the car as a calming tool and for helping focus.