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March 17, 2010

Mar 17 Sensory Tip - Behaviours Of Kids With SPD

Sensory Processing Disorder -Behaviours

We receive and perceive sensory input through sights, sounds, touch, tastes, smells and movement. We all learn through our senses.

Sensory processing is how we transform sensory information from within our own bodies and the external environment into messages we can act on. Devastating consequences occur when something goes wrong with this processing. Children (and adults) can be hypo or hyper sensitive.

Some behaviours of children with Sensory Processing Disorder:

*Misjudges spatial relationships so bumps into things 
*Runs out of bathroom when toilet flushes
*Prefers to touch specific fabrics
  *Touches everything in sight
  *Gags if made to eat food he/she doesn’t like
  *May say “you stink” to person wearing perfume  

So what is all this called? Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Disorder or Sensory Integration Dysfunction. What is that debate about?

A universal term was sought enabling parents to receive insurance reimbursement for the diagnoses and the treatment. So the term now accepted is Sensory Processing Disorder.

More information can be found:

Sensory Processing Disorder Canada Foundation

The Sensory Processing Disorder Resource Center

What is the most disturbing behavior of your child with SPD?

How do you help him/her cope? 

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