Sensory processing disorder and sensory integration dysfunction occur when children have difficulty processing normal information from their typical senses – sound, sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing, and two hidden senses – proprioceptive (where they are in space) and vestibular (movement). The exact cause is not known, but this is commonly seen in children with autism or Asperger’s disorder as well as other developmental disabilities.
Children with sensory processing disorder and sensory integration dysfunction cannot properly process sensations from the outside world and therefore, have difficulty with even ordinary tasks.
Symptoms can include, but not limited to:
- Withdrawing when touched
- Oversensitivity to odors
- Refusal to eat certain foods due to the feel
- Hypersensitivity to certain fabrics
- Appearing clumsy
- Having difficulty calming oneself
- Being overly sensitive to sound and much more
How Pediatric Therapy Helps
If your child is suspected of having sensory processing issues, our therapists first complete a thorough evaluation to determine where your child is having the most difficulties. Our therapists then coordinate fun and interactive activities that engage your child’s sensory inputs to challenge them, and successful organize responses. Over time, this improves your child’s ability to process sensations more normally and engage in a happy, productive lifestyle.
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