Thank you for posting comments on the DSM-5 website by the June 15, 2012 deadline. We know the website’s comment posting process was complicated, but you persevered! Your emails, phone calls, Facebook postings, tweets, blogs, and other displays of public support were also great!
When I started the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation in 1979, few people had even heard of “Sensory Processing Disorder.” Today, Sensory Processing Disorder is being talked about worldwide. The progress made over the past 35 years is phenomenal! Individuals who previously would have been misdiagnosed or told it is “all in your head” are now receiving accurate diagnosis and treatment.
We hope that SPD will be included in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) as a “Novel Diagnosis in Need of Further Research”, which would result in better worldwide recognition of the disorder and funding for additional research and treatment.
Regardless of the DSM-5 outcome, the SPD Foundation will continue on with our mission: To improve the lives of children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and their families by conducting research, educating caregivers, pediatric professionals, and educators, and empowering scientists throughout the world to study the diagnosis and treatment of SPD.
We will keep you updated regarding the status of having Sensory Processing Disorder included in DSM-5.
Thank you again and again for your support.
Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR
Founder and Executive Director
Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation