Sensory Processing Disorder
What is it?
It's a neurological disorder causing difficulty with sensory processing information from one or several of the five senses or the vestibular (balance) and v/or proprioceptive (the ability to sense the orientation of ones arms or legs in the air) sense.
Exact cause of SPD has not yet been identified.
1 in 6 children may experience sensory symptoms that maybe significant in affecting aspects of daily life.
- Problems with eating or sleeping
- Cannot calm self
- Over sensitive to touch, smell, taste, noises, other people
- Difficulty making friends
- Clumsy, poor motor skills, weak
- Easily distracted, fidgety, craves movement
- Poor self-esteem, afraid of failing at new tasks
- Always on the go, impulsive, easily distractible
How its diagnosed
- Appropriately trained professionals via specific clinical criteria.
May not need all types of therapy through out life:
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Physical Therapy or Physiotherapy (PT)
- Special Education – Some are able to attend a regular or mainstream school and some cases even finish tertiary education.
- Behaviour Management
- Specialised Medical Care /Treatments e.g. for seizures, mental health issues
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