What is Sensory Processing Disorder?
- A child has difficulty taking in and interpreting all of the sensory stimulation they experience in one day.
- Taste, touch, smell, sight, sound, vestibular, proprioception
- Children who have SPD are not able to make sense of all this input.
- Children need to be able to process this sensory information in order to pay attention, learn, plan movements, play, and be organized.
Signs of Sensory Processing Disorder
- Poor attention span
- Difficulty in school
- Messy handwriting
- Trouble following directions
- Inability to sit still
- Poor coordination in sports/physical activity
- Low self-esteem
- Difficulty making/keeping friend
Identifying Sensory Processing Disorder
- Sensory Seekers
- Constantly moving, behaviors are often inappropriate for situation, constantly touching other people, cannot sit for long, short attention span, often labeled as having ADHD.
- Sensory Avoiders
- Dislike being messy, avoid touching “yucky” textures, don’t like tags on clothes or seams in socks. Certain types of sensory input are feel painful. They may respond aggressively if put in uncomfortable situations and typically avoid situations where they will be exposed to unpleasant situations.
- Low Sensory Registration
- Often times described as lethargic, sometimes called “lazy”. They do not recognize sensory input and are therefore slow to respond. They may seem like they are ignoring you, but are really just not processing what you are saying