Occupational Therapists work with children who have Sensory Processing Disorder
and who have co-existing diagnoses so they may bill for their services by the
Many Occupation Therapists are able to give
parents claim forms for Occupational Therapy services. Sensory Integration therapy is
one of the things that can provided to the child under an OT's license along
with the ability to give insurance claim forms to patients. The child, however,
must be billed with a diagnosis other than Sensory Processing Disorder or
Sensory Processing Disorder is
now recognized in one diagnostic taxonomy - the new Diagnostic Manual of the
Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL). Dr.
Stanley I. Greenspan is Chair of ICDL. The formal diagnostic category is
"Regulatory Sensory Processing Disorder," (code #200). The manual lists similar
(but not exact) classifications to those Dr. Lucy Jane Miller proposed based on
The complete chapter describing
the new diagnostic categories is in the Diagnostic Manual for Infancy and Early
Childhood Mental Health, Developmental, Regulatory-Sensory Processing, Language
and Learning Disorders, available at www.icdl.com.
While SPD is not yet in the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), inclusion in ICDL's
diagnostic manual means we are on our way to having more professionals recognize
SPD as a legitimate disorder. This is a huge achievement! Dr. Miller thanks
Shelly Lane, Sharon Cermak, Beth Osten and Marie Anzalone who worked tirelessly
for two years to make this a reality!