What is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?
Your five senses tell you a lot about your environment, but when the sensory process in your nervous system can’t properly send and receive messages, getting around can be difficult. Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) have difficulty with their sensory signals, causing these messages to become scrambled or disorganized. This miscommunication causes children with SPD to react differently to stimuli than others. Common symptoms include fixation or avoidance of certain textures, loud sounds, bright lights, unexpected touch etc. Many cases of sensory processing disorder are mistaken for another issue, however sensory integration tools and autism treatment can have a significant impact on your child. B.I.A.N.C.A. helps parents and their children with sensory autism across the San Diego, CA area find diagnosis and treatment.
While SPD has a wide range of symptoms, many of them tie back to the miscommunication between your child’s senses and motor system such as over or under responding to stimuli like clothing, food, sound and light. Signs of Sensory Processing Disorder include:
- Uncoordinated movements
- Poor spatial skills
- Sensitivity to light, touch, sound or tastes
- Resistant to touch or textured foods
- Delayed motor skill development
Getting Sensory Integration Therapy
Like all kids with SPD, your child has their own unique sensory difficulties. Treatments for sensory processing disorder include a combination of occupational therapies to target troubling stimuli. B.I.A.N.C.A. can connect you with sensory integration tools and therapy to help meet your child’s needs. We have resources to find a great therapist in the San Diego area to determine which strategies work best for you and your child.
Common sensory integration therapy may 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
With therapies like these, your child can learn to manage their SPD and other autistic symptoms throughout their everyday life.
Contact Us from San Diego, CA
If you believe your child has Sensory Processing Disorder or another form of sensory autism, contact B.I.A.N.C.A. to learn more. Our San Diego-based team is dedicated to getting resources to parents of children with autism. With our Access to Care Program (ATC), we can connect you with financial help if you need assistance accessing therapy for your child. You aren’t alone. B.I.A.N.C.A serves parents just like you throughout the San Diego area. Call us today at (888) 815-2627 to learn more.