What the heck is #SPD and why does it cause #meltdowns?

This week’s episode is all about Sensory Processing Disorder and meltdowns. These are extremely important topics that cause a great deal of confusion.

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Meltdowns are two of the most commonly misunderstood things that an Autistic person can experience. Even more confusing is how to know the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum. Those words are used interchangeably and that’s a major problem, leading to a great deal of misinformation. This week’s episode of The Autism Dad podcast will help to explain how these things can impact people and how to tell the difference between a meltdown and a tantrum. You’ll also hear from Emmett, my youngest, as he talks about how SPD impacts his life on a daily basis.

I decided to publish this episode a few days early because this topic is very important and there are so many problems surrounding these misunderstood conditions. I hope this episode can shine some light on to these things and help people better understand what SPD and meltdowns are all about.


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  1. I wish more people understood SPD!!! My world revolves around a sweet sweet soul who deals with it every day ❤️

  2. My daughter started giving my two special needs autistic grandsons Vitamin D. It has helped my gra… https://t.co/52DDv5gvro

  3. Thank you for sharing. SPD is often misdiagnosed and unheard of by many. Shout out to all the OT’s… https://t.co/zzzB8lSVyQ

  4. Because all the enviromental noises and smells come together and our braibs just go awol

  5. @screaminggina ⬆️

  6. Yes! Thank you for sharing! This is something I research, read about, and work on daily with my s… https://t.co/KYFBB9rW61

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