In Hacking My Kid’s Brain in Wired, Mark Woodman explains how neurological therapy rewired the brain of his seven-year-old son, who has sensory processing disorder.
Caleb doesn’t experience senses the way other people do. Stimuli from his environment and body are sometimes misinterpreted or ignored altogether. In addition to the obvious physical difficulties manifested with this neurological disorder, it also diminishes the ability to learn, think and even socialize. Behaviors we take for granted, like eye contact and maintaining a polite distance, are often huge challenges for people with SPD.
The month-long Sensory Learning Program in Boulder, Colorado, was designed to recalibrate Caleb’s reception of sensory input, reorganizing the neural pathways that process information. . . Caleb’s visual and auditory perception is now within normal ranges and his visual-motor skills have significantly improved. The only area where Caleb still shows appreciable deficits is in proprioceptive awareness — the sense of one’s own body — so we have turned to occupational therapy to help in this regard.