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My Child Was Diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder

Published on 7/9/2018
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Sensory processing, the basics

Let’s start with the most fundamental definition of sensory processing, also called sensory integration. Sensory processing is the way in which our brain acquires information from our senses and arranges/organizes/interprets it so we can respond in an appropriate, effective, and meaningful way. Sensory processing provides the foundation for more complex learning and behavior.

What is Sensory Integration Disorder (SID) / Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?

This means there are difficulties processing sensory input which affect functioning in day to day life. Our most influential sensory developmental time takes place before the age of seven, and happens naturally while we go about ordinary childhood activities.

For most of us, distinguishing between different sensory experiences — such as sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, balance, movement, and body in space awareness — happens unconsciously without our thinking about it. We receive messages from our senses and respond automatically to the information. For example, we filter out extraneous noises so we can focus on a book; we don’t notice how a chair feels under us; we don’t have to concentrate to keep ourselves balanced; we pull our hand away from a hot flame; we step down off a curb.

But all this can’t happen automatically if the central nervous system has difficulty accurately perceiving or integrating the information it receives. If the neurological process becomes disrupted somewhere in the loop of intake, organization or output, then normal development and adaptive responses will not occur. The result of this disruption is Sensory Integration Disorder (SID) / Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Learning, speech, motor skills, physical and emotional development, adapting to sensations and situations, regulating emotions, behavior, etc. may be impacted.

What does that mean for my child?

Since efficient sensory processing is necessary for a child to navigate successfully in daily academic, home and social life, your child may not be able to respond to sensory information in an automatic manner that is appropriate to the situation. The “primitive” brain takes over and causes either a “fright, flight, or fight” or a withdrawal response, either of which often is extreme for an ordinary situation. For example, a child who can’t tell what truly is frightening may scream and run if someone tries to take her hand, or may obliviously walk out into traffic — both are inappropriate responses.

What conditions are associated with SID/SPD?
1,Autistic spectrum disorders
2,ADD / ADHD
3,Learning disabilities
4,Genetic disorders
5,Developmental delays
6,Behavioral challenges
7,Premature birth

How is SID/SPD diagnosed?
A qualified occupational or physical therapist can perform an evaluation using a sensory history, standardized testing and clinical observations.

How is SID/SPD treated?

Occupational therapists provide sensory integration therapy to meet the individual needs of each child and his/her particular nervous system, providing the sensory experiences that are most helpful to that child.

About Author:

Henry Matthew practicing as a therapist and mentor in Sensory Bounce Therapy Program. His education and professional background in both the psyche and the body gives him a one of a kind and powerful way to deal with counselling. He attempts to provide clients with customized treatment plan that can be incorporated into their daily lives.

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