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Children With SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder)

Updated on August 22, 2016

What is Sensory Processing Disorder?


Does Your Child Have SPD?

I had so many questions and fears when my sweet 5 year old boy started acting odd one day. First I had others telling me oh you are crazy, there is nothing wrong with my son... Slowly my son got worse... I noticed he was touching things (a lot) even when he knew it was not okay. He just couldn't help himself. He started bumping into things, having trouble with his words, and having a hard time sitting still.. Of course I got on the internet right away and started searching my sons symptoms. Only to come up with about 20 different illnesses...

Signs, Symptoms & Side Effects of Sensory Processing Disorder ...

  • Here is a checklist of different symptoms of spd.

  • very picky eater, eats at odd times
  • engrossed in one single activity for long period of time, tunes everything else out
  • hates to be touched, but loves to touch
  • much touch objects with other hand if other hand had already touched it balance sensation
  • becomes upset, acts out in crowded places
  • sensitive to noises that most children are not bothered by
  • ears turn reddish in a state of overload
  • difficulty with noise, overwhelmed, cries, or gets angry when over stimulated
  • wont catch self when falling, late reflexes
  • very high energy, often believed to have ADHD
  • fidget, fiddle with everything, anything in reach
  • thought to be a trouble maker, hitting, shoving, pushing, or kicking others
  • frequently shakes legs
  • needs excessive movement, swinging, rocking, bouncing constantly
  • always chewing on things
  • needs a lot of sensory input to fall asleep(rocking,singing,bouncing,rubbing the skin)
  • thrill seeker, loves dangerous thing

Children With Sensory Processing Disorter(SPD)

Types of Sensory Processing Disorder(SPD)

Sensory Seekers: love rough play,love to touch and be touched, and are very hyperactive. Sensory Avoiders: may not want to brush their teeth, don't want there face touched, and perceive things too intensely.

Families Living With Spd

Having a child with spd is like a roller coaster ride. My son has his good moments and bad moments. I can't really use good and bad days cause everyday has its challenges. The most challenging for me so far has been helping my other children understand the special needs of their younger sibling. We have a lot of disagreements and frustrating arguments but for the most part they all care enough about one another on a level where they are concerned not jealous or vindictive. In my experience educating the other children and involving them in therapy makes them feel like they are helping but they are only children them-self how can i expect them to fully understand when i don't myself.

Consequences of Sensory Processing Disorder

Those who view sensory processing disorder as a behaviorally based as opposed to neurological often raise questions like this, better parental discipline and control, less manipulation by the child, a refusal to buy into reactions of the child, stronger will power on the child's part, or suggest the parents deal with the spd. Neither having sensory processing disorder or being a parent of a child with sensory processing disorder is easy. Both are challenging at times and can be confusing, frustrating, bewildering, and at worst can leave one feeling as though everything around them is "OUT OF CONTROL" and that nothing makes sense.

Mapping Your Brain With Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

In July 2008, collaboration between researchers and University in Switzerland, Harvard Medical School, and Indiana University produced a map of (wiring) of the brain. Previous images studies produced pictures of activity within each region of the brain. The goal was to uncover a detailed map of the neural wiring of functional regions of the brain. Combined together, images of the structure and function of the brain could provide some insight into the way in which sensory information and higher-order cognitive activities are orchestrated. Researcher's discovered there are neural pathways in the cortex region of the brain that are highly centralized forming a core to the structure of the brain. The core is highly active at rest. The core were correlated with the structural connection patterns which suggested the structural core might play a role in integrating information from different regions of the brain. The insight from this study could provide a useful starting point for analyzing the neural pathways (structure) and patterns of sensory processing (function) within the core of the brain. Associated within typical sensory processing. Clearly (SPD) is a phenomenon that scientist and clinicians are only beginning to understand.

How Sensory Processing Disorder Affects A Child.

The child's atypical behaviors and or responses are manifested or derived of this disorder not the disorder it's self. In layman's terms when a child takes his socks off repeatedly in the dead of winter, it's not because the child is being defiant or want's to challenge your authority, or is being manipulative to get your attention. It's simply because the child has a sensitivity of touch. The socks provide more stimulation than the child can endure so naturally you would remove them. So looking at this from a behavioral perspective is as useless and ineffective as dealing with a decrease in the child's blood sugar levels or thyroid levels, by telling the child to just try harder to stabilize these and other biological entries. The danger is that it sends a message to child that they are failing you, their teachers, friends, and themselves by not trying hard enough and not succeeding. Thinking this is their fault and that they are internally flawed, a disappointment and a burden. It is hard as a child to fight hard enough "not to be" or become what everyone thinks you are or will become.


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