In the second part of this series, Amy Kendall, Saddleback Kids Disabilities Ministry Coordinator, discusses each area specifically and how it is present in the children we serve in Children’s Ministry.
In the last blog, we talked about SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) children and some of the areas it touches on. More and more often we are seeing kids like this in our ministry and more often than naught people have mislabeled them as either ADD, ADHD or being behavioral kids. This week we are going to talk about each area and what it may look like. Here is a chart to help you understand it a bit more.
Table 1. Symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder.
(Reproduced with permission from the Apraxia-Kids Web page)
We can have children who have more than one area that we deal with. I personally have a son with SPD and his areas are auditory (he does not like loud sounds and gets distracted when there is a lot of noise going on) and movement (he is moving all the time and has a hard time sitting and attending). So in one area he seeks out and the other he shies away.
Next time we will talk about things we can do for these kids so they are successful in our classroom settings. It is our desire (and I am sure yours as well) that no child leaves our classrooms not knowing the Good News of Christ so sometimes we need to look at the best ways possible to teach this in regards to children like this.