Children with sensory processing disorder are commonly seen to be a bit uncoordinated, they tend to be off balance and bump into things, they can be oversensitive to the things in their environment, and it is often hard to engage children with sensory processing disorder, in any form of conversation or play activities. Why do children with sensory processing disorder experience these things mentioned above?
Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses, and was formerly known as sensory integration dysfunction. Children with sensory processing disorder may have one or more of their senses affected, senses like hearing, touch, sight or taste. Children can also be over- or under-responsive to the things they have difficulties with.
A child who lives with these symptoms can find the mainstream school environment quite overwhelming, and life can become a real challenge for the child and the child’s family. The child might end up underachieving due to their difficulty experienced in class; a difficulty that no one but the child understands – and it will only escalate if they do not find a way to cope with the sensory processing issues that they come across when engaging in their environment.
Sensory processing issues are however, not a diagnosis on their own as they often co-occur with two conditions: ADHD and autism. ADHD is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity that interferes with functioning or development. Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder classified by the American Psychiatric Association as persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts. Even though sensory processing disorder can co-occur with both ADHD and autism, it is not necessary for children to have an ADHD or autism diagnosis to be classified as having sensory processing issues.
Luckily, a diagnosis is essentially just a set of symptoms that can be addressed through a comprehensive developmental intervention curriculum, such as the one used by Catch Up Kids. You will receive information on how diet and medical intervention can lay the foundation for our intervention method to pave new pathways in your child’s brain and help them achieve their potential.
Are you looking for a way to support your child with sensory processing disorder? At Catch Up Kids we can do an assessment and work on a one-on-one, tailor-made program with children with sensory processing disorder, in sessions based at our centers, or in the comfort of your own home after school hours. Sensory processing disorder need not be the daunting term that it seems when Catchup kids is but a call away.
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