Everything you need to know about sensory processing disorder

Everything you need to know about sensory processing disorder

Sometimes, we see kids acting out for no apparent reason. Like when shopping, you suddenly see a kid having a conniption fit. You might see it as nothing more than his mom refusing to give in to his sugar cravings. But behind the scenes, that kid might be battling something that isn’t within his control, like Sensory Processing Disorder. So what are SPDs and how do they affect kids? Let’s take a closer look at the matter.


What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

SPDs are undiagnosable conditions where those affected typically have unusual responses to the world around them. While you might be able to hear an ambulance whiz by and be slightly annoyed with it, people with sensory processing disorder might feel distressed or threatened by it. While some SPD patients have overreactions to stimuli, a lot of them also have abnormally subdued reactions to things like heat and volume.


Who does Sensory Processing Disorder affect?

In most cases, SPDs are present in young children. Kids that are about 1 ½ to 2 years old will start developing symptoms, which will worsen as the child matures. When they are in uncomfortable situations, these kids might kick, scream, cry, and bang their heads in response. The symptoms can be so subtle that they seem like part of normal development. But most kids have one significant problem. The biggest problem of all seems to be with food, which means these kids often have very limited diets.


Is SPD concern for other medical conditions?

Sensory processing conditions might indicate other problems such as anxiety, autism, ADHD and developmental delays. Even though it might point to something else, it isn’t necessarily related to any other condition.


How is Sensory Processing Disorder treated?

The first step is acknowledging that there is an issue. The sooner a professional evaluates your kid, the quicker a doctor can treat the symptoms. SPDs aren’t conditions that tend to stick around for the long haul, so it’s not something your kid will be plagued by for life. You can also enlist the help of an occupational therapist who can initiate a desensitisation process. The more comfortable patients can become with tolerating sensory information, the less likely they are to overreact to it.


By Jess Green

Jess is a happy father and avid supporter of kiddles, writing occasionally and keeping the website afloat. His favourite kids activity is hiking and teaching kids about nature.

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