Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sensory Processing Disorder

I wanted to do my first post on Sensory Processing Disorder. It's something I've been extremely interested in lately since I currently work as an OT aide in an outpatient clinic where we work with children with sensory issues. Sensory Processing Disorder is a disorder that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. A person suffering from SPD may over-respond to sensation and find certain textures, clothing, physical contact, light, sound, food, and many other stimuli to be unbearable. They will have a hard time with self-regulating due to the over sensitivity. However, one might be the total opposite and under-respond to certain stimulation, causing them to have no reaction to extreme pain or temperatures. Children with SPD may often have poor posture and motor skills. These can be seen as the "klutz" or "clumsy" kids. These children may often be misdiagnosed for the popular " ADHD " nowadays. It is not uncommon for these children to be known for throwing tantrums or acting out due to their inability to self-regulate. I find this disorder so intriguing because too many children are being labeled ADHD and being medicated without professional's digging deeper into why these children are so oversensitive or acting out. There are also many treatment's for SPD. At my job, we have the children play with shaving cream, kinetic sand, brush their teeth, use swings, scooters, etc to help desensitize them. It's so interesting! This video is a great way for us to understand what children with SPD are dealing with.

No comments:

Post a Comment