Please do the following in order:
- Read the title of this article.
- Answer the question below.
Q: Are you feeling somewhat confused? Disorganized? Unsure of what your eyes visually perceived.
If you haven’t already figured it out, the title of this article reads OT’s can help with SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER!!!
It is our sense of vision that allows us to see and make sense of the title of this article. However, our sense of vision may not always process information correctly, leaving us to feel disorganized, confused, and unsure of what we see. The feeling you felt when you read the article title is similar to that of a child who has difficulty processing sensory information.
Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a neurological disorder. It is the way our nervous system receives sensory messages and turns them into responses. Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR, states “Children with SPD experience touch, taste, sound, smell, movement and other sensations differently in comparison to typical children. Some feel sensations more intensely, while others feel them less intensely. A child with SPD does not process sensory information the way other children do, and may not always behave the way typical children do.”
Here are a few examples of a child with SPD:
Sensory Over-Responsivity: Responds to sensory messages more intensely, quickly, and for a longer period of time. Examples are your son or daughter is frequently bothered by certain textures such as fuzzy or furry, dislikes walking barefoot on grass, having their fingernails cut, loud unexpected sounds, and bright lights.
Sensory-Under-Responsivity: Exhibits less of a response to sensory information, taking longer to react, requiring intense sensory messages before they take action. Examples are your son or daughter doesn’t seem to notice when they are touched, seems unaware of what’s going on around them, doesn’t hear their name being called, does not notice food or liquid on their lips.
Sensory Seeking: Craves sensory experiences and actively seeks sensation, often in ways that are not socially acceptable. Examples are your son or daughter is constantly on the move, likes crashing, bashing, bumping, shows a preference for excessive spinning, swinging, or rolling, constantly touches objects or people, seems unable to stop talking, and takes risks during play such as jumping off high furniture.
Occupational therapists are trained to diagnose sensory based disorders. If you would like your child to be evaluated, please contact one of our clinics.
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Anna Lisa Matudio, MS, OTR/L