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Does my child have greater than average Sensory Issues?

Sensory issues are common in children, but when they become excessive or interfere with daily activities, they can be problematic and require treatment. Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a condition in which the brain has difficulty receiving and processing sensory information, leading to an over or under reaction to sensory input. SPD can impact all types of sensory processing, including touch, taste, smell, sound, sight, and movement.

Some signs that a child may have excessive sensory issues or SPD include:

  • Extreme sensitivity to certain textures, sounds, or lights

  • Avoidance or dislike of certain activities or environments due to
    sensory overload

  • Difficulty with transitions, new routines, or unexpected changes

  • Difficulty with self-regulation, such as calming down after becoming upset

  • Difficulty with coordination and balance

  • Difficulty with fine motor skills, such as writing or buttoning clothes

  • Delayed language or social skills

If you suspect that your child may have SPD or excessive sensory issues, it's important to seek an evaluation from a pediatrician or occupational therapist. Treatment for SPD may involve occupational therapy, which can help children develop strategies to cope with sensory input and improve their sensory processing abilities. This can include activities such as playing with different textures, using sensory tools, and practicing self-regulation techniques.

Other treatment options may include sensory integration therapy, which involves exposing a child to different types of sensory input in a controlled environment to help them develop coping skills. Some children may also benefit from speech therapy, as communication and language skills can be impacted by sensory processing difficulties.

It's important to recognize that treatment for excessive sensory issues or SPD may take time and requires a collaborative effort between the child, caregivers, and therapists. The goal of treatment is to help children better understand and manage their sensory processing difficulties, so they can participate in daily activities and improve their overall quality of life.

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