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Life with ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder

Life with ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder can be overwhelming for a child. Overstimulation can cause breakdowns or affect verbal communication. One mom describes the challenges of facing society’s questions and future dreams of acceptance for her son with special needs.

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-I am Jennifer Brock and my son is Maxim Brock, almost to be 7 years old, and his diagnosis: sensory processing disorder and ADHD. He just has a love for like learning and for animals and his friends. He's just very energetic towards them. But for Maxim, social circle is always a work in progress. We seem like we're always a little bit behind. You feel like you're always having to explain every little action that he does because you feel like it's being looked upon as him being bratty or undisciplined and at times it gets tiring and frustrating and it's just hard to find that niche that a parent can just kind of let Maxim be who he is and me just be a mom and just sit there and enjoy it and not have to always explain every little thing that he does. When he was age 2 and he started the whole early intervention and he went from being verbal to nonverbal, he used to have knockdowns all the time and not communicating and a lot of bad behaviors and you would never know talking to him now. He just amazes me. Right now, we're actually doing better in first grade. We just got our first report card. He is right on cue and he's learning to self-adapt and self-soothe. He knows when he is getting overstimulated, where to pull himself to calm down, so that's a big progress for him. I want what every mom wants for their child, for him to be happy and a normal-functioning adult and be surrounded by people that love him and accept him for who he is.