I get asked a lot about sensory processing disorder or sensory sensitivities by parents wondering why their child is over sensitive to noise, or won’t eat crunchy foods and many other presentations of sensory problems. First of all many parents have trouble getting a diagnosis of sensory processing problems and they want to know why….
What is Sensory processing?
The overlap of symptoms between different disorders can be confusing for parents, and at times therapists!!!. When understanding the complexity of this it is important to realise that different therapists receive training in different areas. For example a Psychologist is trained extensively in human behaviour and cognitions making them better placed to understand behavioural disorders…
Does your child becomes upset and will not touch objects such as sand or dirt, or do they become upset with tags on their clothing rubbing against their skin?
This often requires the parent or carer to avoid certain routines or activities or objects in order to manage the child distress over these sensory experiences.