Sunday, February 25, 2007

Blog Series on Sensory Processing Disorder

This series of first person articles appeared on Wired Magazine's website, in the Blogs section. Part 1 is at the bottom of the page. The writes calles Sensory Processing Disorder the "human equivalent of a computer that can't adequately multitask, or a network that drops packets when there is a lot of traffic. All of [her son Caleb's] senses work individually, but his brain loses information when they are combined. This problem wasn't obvious to us when he was younger, but now that he is in first grade, the complications are growing."
She continues:
"I've become solidly convinced that my son Caleb doesn't need a coping strategy, he needs his brain to be recalibrated. With the help of some professionals and some surreal neurotechnology, I'm going to try doing just that. We're going to try to hack my child's brain.
Today our family will travel to a clinic in Boulder, Colorado to do initial tests with Caleb. The treatment itself begins in earnest next Friday, which is when the neurotech comes into play. In this multiple-part series, I'll take you with us on the journey. I don't know what the outcome will be, but we can watch it unfold together."
At the end of Part 4, this is where she is at:
"Caleb is now over half-way through the program at the Center, going once in the morning and then again in the afternoon. We make careful observations of his behavior, taking notes and watching how he relates to the world around him. It is too early to tell what kind of effect the treatment is having, but our hopes are high."
To be continued...

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