The Sensory Integration Education & Research Foundation (SIERF) believes there is an acute need to develop an understanding of Sensory Processing Disorders in Los Angeles and around the world, where still so many are so unaware to have the ability to address those diagnosed with sensory processing disorders which impact child development and adult success. The current terminology sensory processing disorder (SPD) is defined as difficulty turning sensory messages into controlled behaviors that match the nature and intensity of the sensory information. The behaviors, resulting from difficulty responding to sensory information, disrupt learning, social competence and mastery of daily living skills needed for a child to succeed with developing appropriate skills needed for success at home, in school, in the community and later in the work environment. Currently more and more parents and professionals have become aware of the tremendous impact of this disorder on success with life skills and are seeking services from trained professionals. Thus the need for training and treatment is rapidly increasing. Research data has reported that the percentage of persons with this disorder is wide ranging – from 15% in the general population to upwards of 95 % in persons diagnosed within the autism spectrum.
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