SPD Excluded from DSM- 5
I received an email earlier this week from Dr. Lucy Miller and her work at the SPD Foundation. Sadly, the final revisions for the DSM-5 have been made and the SPD diagnosis will not be included in this edition. I can hear the collective sighs from therapists and parents from around the country as I did when I read the note. I know that Dr. Miller and the SPD Foundation worked tirelessly on behalf of all children and families that deal with Sensory Processing Disorders. This would have been a huge doorway to open pediatricians, general practitioners, other health care practitioners and insurance providers into recognizing and understanding SPD. Although it won't be included in the manual due out in May 2013, there are still some reasons to remain hopeful. SPD was specifically mentioned as an omission in Bloomberg news so certainly public awareness is growing enough on this condition to make it newsworthy. There are other benefits as well listed in Lucy's email including a more comprehensive body of research that has been completed on SPD along with an increase in the public and media interest (the SPD Foundation website is averaging 85,000 hits per day!). Our thanks to Dr. Miller and the Foundation for all their amazing efforts on this behalf! ....and as peds OTs we owe to our kids to continue educating our communities including schools and our healthcare system on SPD.