Group lobbies for inclusion of sensory disorder as a disability

03/2/2010 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

A group of parents, advocates and therapists is lobbying for the inclusion of sensory processing disorder among the list of disabilities recognized in the diagnostic manual written by the American Psychiatric Association. Children who exhibit symptoms of the disorder -- which can affect the ability to sit still or concentrate inside a busy classroom -- are mistakenly seen as behaving badly and are mistreated with medication for hyperactivity, which makes their condition worse, say advocates. They hope inclusion in the manual will lead to more research of and attention to the disorder.

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