SIKidSF helps Bay Area families cope with sensory processing disorder

Courtesy photoJulia Martin

Julia Martin, the founder of SIKidSF, a Bay Area organization that helps families cope with sensory processing disorder, is being recognized by Blue Shield of California with a Shield of Honor award for community outreach work. For more information, visit www.bigtent.com/groups/sikidsf.

What impact has your organization had on families whose children have sensory processing disorder? A lot of the work that I do is helping people understand learning differences and neurological differences such as autism, ADD and sensory processing.

What motivated you in starting SIKidSF? I founded it when it was discovered that my son had sensory processing disorder. I had never heard of it. His brain registers things as more sensitive. … It’s the kid who barely has a scratch and is like, “Oh, my God, I’m so injured.” … They’re supersensitive to touch, tastes or smells.

How does it feel to be honored? My son was excited because I always said he was the whole reason I started it. I was just looking for support from other parents when I started the group, and it’s another parent from the group who nominated me.

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