Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory integration what?? Who?? Well, we stepped our way from our pediatrician to a wonderful speech therapist (ST), to a wonderful occupational therapist (OT). And then we learned about this thing called Sensory Integration Dysfunction, or Sensory Integration Disorder, or Sensory Processing Disorder. It goes by many names. And what it means, in a nutshell, is that senses in the world are received by our bodies (touch, taste, sight, smell, hearing, and 2 more that most people don’t know about); and somewhere along the way the brain scrambles the messages so they are not processed correctly: they are not perceived correctly.

The book that first explained this all to me, has become my bible of SID. Raising a Sensory Smart Child.

book cover Raising a Sensory Smart Child

Raising a Sensory Smart Child

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Common Signs of Sensory Processing Problems

Out-of-proportion reactions to touch, sounds, sights, movement, tastes, or smells, including:

  • Bothered by clothing fabrics, labels, tags, etc.
  • Distressed by light touch or unexpected touch
  • Dislikes getting messy
  • Resists grooming activities
  • Very sensitive to sounds (volume or frequency)
  • Squints, blinks, or rubs eyes frequently
  • Bothered by lights or patterns
  • High activity level or very sedentary
  • Unusually high or low pain threshold

Motor skill and body awareness difficulties, including:

  • Fine motor delays (e.g., crayons, buttons/snaps, beading, scissors)
  • Gross motor delays (e.g., walking, running, climbing stairs, catching a ball )
  • Illegible handwriting
  • Moves awkwardly or seems clumsy
  • Low or high muscle tone

Oral motor and feeding problems, including:

  • Oral hypersensitivity
  • Frequent drooling or gagging
  • “Picky eating”
  • Speech and language delays

Poor attention and focus: often “tunes out” or “acts up”

Uncomfortable/easily overstimulated in group settings

Difficulty with self-confidence and independence.

2 Responses to Sensory Processing Disorder

  1. Great information. My son was diagnosed with this when he was four. He attended OT once a week for awhile and it helped tremendously. He used to have serious issues with tags in his clothes (he refuses to wear jeans to this day, too “itchy”), the temperature/texture of food (extremely picky eater) noise (in kindergarten the loud bus would drive him to tears) touch sensitivity…Now he is eight and in second grade and is doing beautifully. He still has signs of the disorder but we can work around them more now.

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