Sensory Processing Disorder

Is sensory processing disorder autism?

Not necessarily. Many parents jump to conclusions without focusing on the symptoms themselves. This may be a natural thought process as parents want to help their kids as soon as possible. However, understanding what is happing first is critical to making the appropriate decision. Sensory issues may be present in many children with or without an accompanying diagnosis. With sensory processing difficulties, the amount of information around the child is difficult to absorb effectively and consistently. Ultimately, there is also a difficulty in trying to communicate the thoughts in a clear and concise manner. Building neural connectivity helps to manage and reduce these symptoms.

What are the signs of sensory processing disorder?

This disorder can be a frustrating one to truly understand, but many parents need only to focus on the symptoms associated with it and work to help their child overcome these problems. Temper tantrums, frustrations not linked to anything in particular, and poor grades are common elements to sensory problems. Daily functioning can be incredibly aggravating for kids. Their perceptions are muted sights and sounds, and it can literally feel as if a shade was pulled over the outside world. Alternatively, feelings of frequent sensory overload can also be commonplace.

Can a child outgrow sensory processing issues?

A lot of parents tend to believe that childhood disorders, like sensory processing issues, may simply be outgrown by their children if given more time. Even though it is possible that their child may learn to manage these issues over time, most research indicates that although some neural development does continue into adolescence it slows significantly after childhood. The key to effectively changing a child’s trajectory for neural and psycho-social development is early intervention.

How do you treat sensory processing disorder?

Effectively treating sensory processing disorders must involve multiple levels of stimulation and be engaging enough from a child’s point of view so that they truly get the most out of an intervention modality. In an effort to build neural connectivity, training must utilize the visual, auditory, touch, and vestibular (balance) systems. By combining these different systems in a methodical and systematic method, children develop cross connectivity between brain hemispheres. Successful neural growth may allow the child to absorb more information from their environments and respond appropriately.

How can I help my child with sensory processing issues?

The key to effectively changing a child’s trajectory for neural and psycho-social development is early intervention. It is important to intervene in a method that encapsulates all aspects of the disorder, and to look to a modality that addresses not just one but all of the sensory systems simultaneously. However, the engagement may be difficult as most kids dislike traditional forms of therapy. Bayridge offers a program that has high interest from children as it is technologically immersive and physically fun.

How can I help my child with sensory processing disorder to sleep?

This is a very common problem that many parents share. One of the best ways is to turn off all electronic and visual stimulation an hour before bedtime. Ensuring that a consistent sleep/wake schedule is followed may be crucial. These kids struggle with processing the information around them; therefore, limiting the amount of stimulus both as bedtime approaches and in the bedroom itself may prove an effective strategy. Lighting, noises, smells, bedding, and even clothing may be resulting in unwanted or excessive stimulation for your child.

What are the three patterns of sensory processing disorder?

There are typically three patterns of sensory processing disorder: over-responsiveness, which is responding more than normal or with too much emotion to a stimulus; under-responsiveness, which is responding less than normal or with too little emotion to a stimulus; and sensory seeking behaviours (common in ADHD and autism), which is always searching for something to grab, play with, touch, or feel.

How do I calm my child with sensory processing disorder?

Calming a child down that is in the middle of a tantrum or aggressive emotional state can be rather scary and can leave parents feeling incredibly frustrated and hopeless. The key to effectively managing these kinds of situations is perseverance and patience. Allow the child to breathe and recover with as much time they need. Make sure the child is safe and respond appropriately. The hardest strategy to learn is that of not reacting, but rather letting the tantrum take its natural course to completion. Finally, reflect in hindsight and try to understand why the outburst happened.