One of my favorite things to help promote are community resources: people reaching out to people right where they live. This is a selection of our favorite places out there. Please feel free to contact us with any and ALL of helpful places for families to get information, direction, and support. We'll check them out and add them, if they're acceptable!
SPD Foundation: This site was created by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. This site is the primary source for caregivers of sensational kids. You'll find information, resources, research updates and so much more. If you have just gotten an SPD Diagnosis, this is THE place to start.
SPD Canada: What an absolutely phenomenal resource tool for all parents, teachers or anyone else to must deal with sensory sensitive children. Here we have resources, links to community outreach programs and product information. As President and Founder, Lori Fankhanel says, "I've worked hard to take the "dis" out of "disability"." and she has. Please add SPD Canada to your favorites: http://www.spdcanada.org
Xanadu Behavioral Therapy: A phenomenal private agency that helps children with Autism and similar disorders with communication, behavioral and social issues. New Jersey area.
SENSORY TIME: I came across a fantastic community resource for families learning to cope with SPD. If you're in Murrieta, California or close to there, you're in luck.
This is a new indoor play facility specialy designed for children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and other special needs. The founder, Lauren Allums, is an occupational therapist who saw a need for these families and took the initiative to make it a reality. We'll be conducting an interview with this amazing woman, and her fantastic Marketing Specialist, Stacey Robinson, in a future issue of our newsletter. Please go to their website at www.sensorytimecenter.com and see what they offer and what they're all about. You'll feel the warmth of their caring the second their site uploads.
You can now see our chat over at "The Gift" blog. We also featured Stacey in our "Parent's Eyes" Section of our January newsletter. If you'd like the issue, please contact us. (Thank you, Stacey, for contacting me about your phenomenal site.)
SPD Parent Zone Organization is an amazing community resource created by two moms in February 2010 who completely understand what it's like to be a 'sensational' mom. In their own words they are, "...two mothers that have helped each other through the great successes and failures in raising our children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). We each have three children, two of whom have SPD. We have experienced raising our children together, initally believing that something was potentially wrong with them. After learning that they have SPD, we are now working to make our lives and our families more manageable by understanding our children's needs."
Kelly and Dawn are two of the most passionate and compassionate ladies I've met and are so devoted to helping raise awareness for SPD through information and sharing. In addition to their community non-profit organization, they also have a phenomenal Website chocked full of books suggestions, links to helpful websites, connections to therapists, special education teachers, and to other parents that have children with SPD. As they say, "We wanted to save you from the long nights searching for answers, so we created this one-stop-shop for parents, caregivers, and anyone interested in learning more about SPD." This is a MUST HAVE for your online resources. Thank you to Kelly and Dawn for creating such an incredible resource.