Saturday, April 10, 2010

So, what do you think? Is it hereditary?

Do you think SPD is hereditary? Do you have others in your family that you suspect may have SPD or other sensory issues?

I'm curious to see what you guys think. Having 2 boys that both have SPD makes me think that it is hereditary, and they certainly get it from my husband. (I love you, Tom, but you know I'm right on this one!)

Research indicates that it is most likely hereditary, but of course they don't know enough about it yet to really know for sure.

So, you tell me...where did it first turn up in your family?


  1. I think at least the tendency towards it is hereditary. My son is very orally defensive, and my husband has never been adventuresome when it comes to eating. (I used to think that was upbringing, but now I'm not sure.) Also, I was thinking today about one of my husband's older cousins, and I am convinced he has vestibular issues.

  2. I agree. A tendency towards being hereditary is what I see in our family as well. But, then again who doesn't have "sensory issues." Some are just more socially acceptable...tapping your foot is fine where bouncing in your seat is not...Enjoying the smell of coffee is ok, but the smell of crayons is odd. So even though I agree you can see tendencies in families, I also think it is how we choose to respond to them. My brother is a rocker, another is very orally defensive...and the list goes on

  3. Well, I'm not so sure on SPD being linked to heredity (and that it's on the Mom's side). No one in EITHER side of our families has SPD or Autism - S is the only one. We have a fairly small extended family and I can think of NO ONE that displays any signs of SPD, although PERHAPS a few sensitivities (like my sister doesn't like peas and pasta to touch or I don't like the sound of bare feet rubbing across certain carpets). I think we all have some sensitivities - who does like finger nails on a chalkboard for example - but (IMO) SPD is SPD when it disrupts life. Anyway, I'm not sure about the heredity part...(as I ramble LOL).

  4. Oh my YES!!!!!!!!! My son is the spitting image of my brother-in-law. They even look alike!!! He acts just like him as a child. I work with young children and I can see the parents in the children. Everyone certainly has their own "issues" but the extreme kiddos get it from someone!

  5. I think there is definitely a genetic componant. I've never been tested, but I wouldn't be suprised if I have it. My daughter has SPD, her cousin has SPD and my son is showing signs of it as well. Thank you for this blog. I just discovered it today!!