Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) occurs when the signals from our senses are sent to the brain and then processed incorrectly. SPD is a neurological disorder. It is sometimes called sensory integration disorder. The SPD Foundation explains the disorder like this:
Whether you are biting into a hamburger, riding a bicycle or reading a book, your successful completion of the activity requires processing sensation or “sensory integration.” … A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks.
SPD affects different children in different ways and with different degrees of severity. Here are 12 signs of SPD.
- Clumsiness or uncoordinated
- Unusual reaction to everyday
- Overreaction to light touch or
under reaction to strong touch
- Insensitive to temperatures – may
not react to extreme cold or hot
- Poor posture
- Bothered by tags on clothing, seams
on socks or even types of clothing
- Disturbed by changes in normal
- Bothered by different food
textures, smells or colors
- Strong sense of smell
- Hates getting dirty
- Obsessive or compulsive behaviors
such as constantly washing hands
- Problems learning new activities
If you think your child has SPD, contact your child’s medical provider to get the appropriate investigation done.
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I originally published this article on Examiner.com.