Signs of Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) occurs when sensory signals aren’t detected or organized into the correct responses. Sensory signals is a term used when discussing sensory processing, which refers to the process in which the nervous system receives messages. After it receives these messages, the nervous system will then turn them into appropriate motor and behavior responses.
People with SPD do not receive these messages, causing them to lack the information necessary to interpreting sensory information properly. Someone struggling with SPD will find it hard to both process and act on information from the senses. This means that they struggle to do everyday tasks. If you have a child with SPD, you might see the following symptoms:
- Behavioral issues
- Struggling in school
It’s important to note that SPD has a wide range of symptoms. Someone with SPD may over-respond to touch sensations. For example, they might be extremely sensitive to clothing and physical contact. On the other hand, someone might under-respond to contact. They might express little to no reaction to events, such as touching things that are extremely hot or cold. Keep an eye out for any symptoms that disturb everyday life.
Sensory Integration Therapy
Because everyone with sensory processing disorder has different needs and difficulties, their therapy will be customized specifically to their needs. A therapist trained in sensory integration will work with both you and your child to determine which strategies will be best for them. Your child’s therapy might include:
- Physical therapy that uses a sensory integration approach
- Speech and language therapy
- Vision therapy aimed to improving eye-motor skills
- Listening therapy, which involves listening to different sound frequencies while completing motor tasks
All of these treatments are created specifically to improve the everyday life skills of your child. Many children with SPD have managed to effectively manage their symptoms through therapy.
Do you suspect that your child has SPD, but lack the resources to give them proper care? Contact B.I.A.N.C.A. today. Our Access to Care Program (ATC) provides financial help to families who can’t otherwise pay for the programs their children need. You don’t have to do this alone. We’ll be with you every step of the way.