In fact, there were many things that upset Ellie. Things that made Ellie just not feel . . . right. And when Ellie did not feel right, everyone knew! She would cry. Ellie would scream. She would run around frantically. It seemed like she could not stop.
Some people thought she didn't want to stop. Some people thought that Ellie was being a brat. Some people thought that she liked to cry and scream.
Some people thought that Ellie Bean was a "drama queen".
Only Ellie knew that the reason why she cried for so long was that the tag on her shirt felt like it was digging into her back.
Only Ellie knew that the reason why she screamed so loudly was that she hated brushing her teeth. The bristles on the toothbrush felt like they were scratching her teeth. And the smell and the taste of the toothpaste made her stomach do somersaults.
Jennie Harding is the mother of two, one of whom is "Ellie Bean" who has Sensory Processing Disorder. In addition to being a mom, Jennie is also a special education teacher, working with children of all ability levels. "