The ability to feel, understand, and organize all of the information collected by our senses, both from inside the body and from the environment, allows us to proceed through our day with curiosity and confidence.
Whether a child is getting dressed, climbing at the playground or doing school work, they rely on the accurate processing of sensations (touch, taste, smell, sound, sight & movement). Children who experience Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) have difficulty with integrating the sensory information received by their central nervous system in order to produce appropriate motor and behavioral responses.
Sensory Processing Disorder manifests itself in a variety of ways. How we approach treatment depends upon a number of factors, first and foremost being whether a child’s behavior is sensory seeking or sensory avoiding. These distinct responses often look like this: