Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.
Sensory processing occurs when the nervous system receives messages from the senses and reacts to those messages. Although a child with SPD receives the messages, the messages may become jumbled, causing an overreaction or no reaction at all.
Signs of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) may include uncoordinated movements, pain when certain noises are heard, extreme sensitivity to touch or the inability to interact with others.
It’s important to realize symptoms may be inconsistent and occur at different times or not at all. Reactions may also be heightened depending on the day the child has had.
The senses that are affected by Sensory Processing Disorder include: sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, balance and spatial orientation, muscle or joint movement and internal sensations like hunger or thirst.brainbalance.com
Although sensory issues are often time accompanied with Autism, that is not necessarily always the case.
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The first piece of advice I have for you is to get a full evaluation from an occupational therapist and then receive subsequent therapy. The therapist will have your child participate in sensory integration therapy in order to decrease their sensory related issues.
The key component to sensory integration therapy is to introduce the experience gradually. Your therapist will look for signs that your child is overwhelmed and will modify therapy appropriately. They will also teach you activities and strategies to use at home. Remember, as any therapy goes, the more the child is exposed and practicing, the better the outcome.
Sensory Activities & Strategies to Use at Home (inspiration from Brain Balance Centers):
It’s important that any object or strategy that you use, you must be consistent and use it for at least 2 weeks before moving on to another product. The professional therapist that you are seeing will be able to guide you through the process and give you specific products that will help your child be successful.
In addition to these tips, you can download our Speechblubs app and work on some of our fantastic communication-centered activities.
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