A local Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Support Group obtained funding from Tesco’s Groundwork Scheme just before Christmas and with part of the money, hosted workshops for the siblings of the children who have sensory processing disorder (SPD).

They were split into two groups; 6-9 year olds and 10+ years. The children took part in practical activities to give them an understanding of what their brothers and sisters experience on a daily basis.

It can be very difficult for the siblings as SPD children can fluctuate in their behaviours which can affect them too, making them angry, sad or frustrated. By giving them knowledge and emotional support will not only help their siblings but parents too.

Some of the comments after the workshops from the children were: “I thought he just wanted attention from my family but he actually needs to do the activities to help”; “I learned that my sister does not mean to hurt me”; “My brother gets sad sometimes but I can now help him”; “I can help my brother not feel frustrated”; “Their senses are different”.

The workshops took place at Tree Tops Children’s Occupational Therapy on the Aycliffe Business Park.

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