Sign Our DSM-V petition
ADVOCACY - ad - vo - ca - cy - n. - the act of pleading or arguing in favor of something such as a cause, idea or policy; active support

The SPD Foundation's mission includes advocacy on behalf of children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Through the years, SPD Foundation advocacy efforts have resulted in increased awareness about SPD, improved treatment strategies for SPD, and greater support for parents who have children with SPD.


The SPD Foundation is advocating inclusion of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), which will be published in 2012. The DSM classifies all childhood and adult mental health and developmental disorders. Currently, SPD is not covered by the DSM categories, and its absence limits awareness of the disorder and contributes to the misdiagnosis and inappropriate therapeutic treatment of children.

The inclusion of SPD in the DSM will foster correct diagnoses and will open doors for further research about the underlying cause of and treatments for SPD. The addition of SPD in the DSM will also facilitate reimbursement for treatment.

Our advocacy efforts to get SPD included in the DSM rely on the strength and action of our network - people who care about children with SPD and want to make a difference. People like YOU! Decision-makers listen to advocates. Please make yourself heard in one of the following ways:

Individual Support - Sign an to support continued research to determine if SPD should be included in the DSM-V.

Professional Endorsement - We need the support of the medical community to help us with our mission. If you are a member of the health care community, please to endorse support of continued research to determine if SPD should be included in the DSM-V. (Families: Please print and bring this to your treating physicians, obtain their signatures and mail to the SPD Foundation.)