Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is commonly misunderstood and tends to be misdiagnosed as either autism or ADHD. And yet the reality is that SPD is believed to affect anywhere between 5% to 15% of school going children.
What is Sensory Processing Disorder? SPD is a condition where sensory stimuli aren’t interpreted properly by the brain and nervous system. Children with this condition tend to be either hypersensitive (oversensitive) or hyposensitive (under-responsive) to stimuli. This can make the most common everyday experience like flushing a toilet or wearing certain types of clothing overwhelming and unbearable.
Does My Child Have Sensory Processing Disorder?
Unfortunately, many psychiatrists and doctors fail to recognize SPD as a distinct condition as the symptoms tend to be quite diverse. This means it isn’t seen as an official medical condition by many in the medical community. Consequently, many children who present symptoms of SPD often fail to get the specialized treatment they desperately require.
How to Help a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder
The signs of SPD vary greatly, and aren’t always easy to diagnose. There are, however, certain behaviors which require attention and treatment. The following link provides some signs of SPD, but we recommend you use this as a guide only. If you’re concerned that your child may have SPD, it’s best to consult with a doctor or occupational therapist. By diagnosing SPD early you can ensure your child gets the necessary tools to lead a fulfilling life.