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SPD and DSM-V in USA Today - featured March 9, 2010

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[Source: USA Today]

From the day she brought her son Jack home from the hospital, Kim Leserman knew something wasn't quite right.

Leserman and her family live a quarter-mile from the Pacific Ocean in Manhattan Beach, Calif., but Jack wouldn't touch sand. In preschool, the sight of finger paints made him gag. At night, he awoke whenever the furnace kicked on.

Jack, who's now 9 and an A student, is much improved, his mother says, thanks to thousands of dollars' worth of occupational therapy paid for entirely out-of-pocket. The family's health insurance plan wouldn't cover any of it because Jack's diagnosis, sensory processing disorder, isn't in the American Psychiatric Association's diagnostic manual, better known as the DSM.

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Tags: News of the Week Sensory Processing Disorder Newsletter 12 March 2010