First and foremost, a very heartfelt thank you goes out to all of you who responded to our call to action with our Oprah letter writing campaign. Over 1,200 comments were posted in reference to the mention of sensory integration on the Oprah show that aired on February 18, 2011.
The child on this show, Zach, had violent rages and at the age of seven raised a knife to his mother. He was diagnosed with four disorders, one of them being Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). However, the only disorder that Oprah mentioned on the show was SPD, which may have lead people to believe that SPD causes violent rages.
Our hope in starting this letter writing campaign was to educate others and relay the correct information about SPD. With your comments and shared personal experiences your sensational voices were heard! Oprah.com has listed the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation along with a link to our website as a “Related Resource” in reference to Zach’s story.
This exposure is monumental to our mission of education and advocacy for children with SPD and their families. Over 70 million people per month view Oprah’s website!
It certainly would be great for Oprah to do a show about Sensory Processing Disorder and we are not giving up on that hope. This has caused quite a media stir in a favorable way for the awareness of SPD. We know that many of you contacted your local media. Should you receive a response and have any questions about media interviews, or if you would like them to interview someone at the SPD Foundation, please contact us.
You can view a recap of the show here. Directly under the story is a section called “Related Resources.” The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation link is at the bottom of this list.
Thank you for believing that YOU could make a difference. You have!
Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR
Founder and Executive Director
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BY: Susan Lynn Perry - host of the MotherCub show on World Talk Radio live every Wednesday!
Autism is such a complex disorder, often affecting several different systems within the child’s body. When dealing with something that complex and often convoluted, one must look at solutions from many different angles, both internal and external. In this episode of The Mother Cub Show, host Susan Lynn Perry will interview return guest and biomedical expert, Dr. Kurt Woeller, to discuss one of the newer therapies showing promise for our children with autism, especially in the areas of language and socialization.
The second half of the show will focus on external stimuli and sensory processing disorders with our featured guest Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. Her award-winning book, Sensational Kids, is our autism book pick of the week, and is a wonderful introduction to how a child’s external environment can have a huge impact on their internal processing.
Go to WorldTalk Radio on Wednesday, February 23rd, to tune in to this informative show: http://www.worldtalkradio.com/worldtalkradio/vepisode.aspx?aid=52116 The Mother Cub Show, All About Autism broadcasts live every Wednesday at 8am Pacific/ 10am Central/ 11am Eastern, and all episodes are available the following day for mP3 and iTunes download.
Parents Magazine has listed Sensitive Sam first under their "Healthy Reads" section, page 36.
Pick up your copy of Sensitive Sam, and see why Parents are saying "If your child has a medical condition, try reading a book about it. He'll feel better knowing that some cool characters share his same feelings."