Children who struggle with sensory processing disorder may struggle with processing senses information (smell, touch, movement, vision, taste and hearing). They may have difficulty responding appropriately to this information. Often, they possess one or more senses that either under or overreact to stimulation. The child’s behavior and development can be affected by this disorder.
Sensory Integration Disorder (Sensory Processing Disorder) Possible Signs
- Oversensitivity to sights, touch, movement or sounds
- Under sensitivity to sights, touch, movement or sounds
- Tends to get distracted easily
- Emotional or social problems
- An unusually high or low activity level
- Tend to seek movement and have difficulty staying seated during class
- Appears carelessness or physical clumsiness
- Lacking in self-control or impulsive
- Difficulty transitioning from one situation to another
- Unable to calm self or unwind
- Delays in language, speech or motor skills
- Academic achievement delays
Various studies have suggested that anywhere between one in 20 to one in 6 kids will experience sensory symptoms which will impact their everyday lives. The primary form of treatment for kids with sensory integration is pediatric occupational therapy.