An honest and compelling book about SPD Apr 13, 2012
?not just spirited? by Chynna T. Laird is a compelling book about her daughter, Jaimie, who suffers from Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and her journey to find a diagnosis and ways to help her daughter cope. This was a moving book about the love of a mother and the lengths she will go for her child. SPD is often misdiagnosed and parents are at a loss as to why their child is behaving that way and what they can do to help their child. Mrs. Laird was no different. When Jaimie was a baby, Mrs. Laird knew there was something wrong at around three months. Talking over her concerns with her pediatrician, she walked away being told that it was normal and she was just a nervous first time mom. And thus began her search for what was really wrong with her daughter.
This was a heart wrenching story. Although I really felt for the mother, Jaimie?s relationship (or lack of a relationship) with her father was completely heart breaking. Having a child who doesn?t want to be touched or hugged, or screaming because of something she smells or sees, is extremely frustrating and difficult. Many times Mrs. Laird and her husband were told that it was lack of discipline or that it was their fault. Perhaps if they read this book those people would understand that Mrs. Laird and her husband are doing everything they can for their daughter and that compassion from others is actually what is needed instead of judgment.
Mrs. Laird does a good job documenting her story and Jaimie?s struggles with this disorder. SPD was not a term I had heard of until recently and awareness definitely needs to be brought to the public?s attention. Hopefully this book will reach out and make others aware that SPD is real and educate them about what it means to have SPD or to have a child with SPD. Even though Jaimie now has a diagnosis doesn?t meant that her sensitivities will get better, but it will mean she can get help to learn how to cope with them. It would be interesting if Mrs. Laird did a follow-up book when Jaimie is older so that the reader can see how she is doing. Jaimie got into my heart and I would love to know how she learns how to cope as she grows up.