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  • Sensory Processing Disorder

    What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

    Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which people do not experience sensory input in a ‘normal’ way. It is a neurological disorder where the brain and nervous system have difficulty processing sensory information. The condition is not uncommon, with about 1 in 20 children affected. When a child has a sensory processing disorder, the brain has difficulty integrating and organising the external sensory information the body is receiving through the nervous system. This means it is more difficult for the child to learn and can often result in behavioural difficulties.

    Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms

    Sensory processing immaturities can present as either hypersensitivity (over-reactive and sensory avoidant) or hyposensitivity (under-reactive and sensory seeking).

    Children experiencing hypersensitivity are often sensory avoidant and can be prone to 'melt downs' when they become overwhelmed by certain experiences that involve a lot of sensory input such as loud noises, visual distractions, sitting on mats close to other children etc. Keep in mind these 'overwhelming activities' can seem like simple every day activities to people who are not hypersensitive – for example, grocery shopping. It is important to note that sensory processing involves all the senses (touch, taste, smell, hearing and vision). Some children may have particular senses which they may find more overwhelming than others. Is your child a fussy eater? Sometimes this can be caused by the sensation of the food, not just the taste or smell.

    Children experiencing hyposensitivity are often sensory seeking and under-reactive to sensory input. Hyposensitive children will often seek out sensory input and will have difficulty stopping themselves from touching things. These children will often not notice being bumped; they often have a higher tolerance for repetitive sensory input such as spinning and squeezing and may repeat certain sensory experiences excessively.

    How Learning Connections Helps Children with Sensory Processing Immaturities

    Factors that contribute to sensory processing disorders often include neurological immaturities and dietary factors. Learning Connections does an extensive assessment of your child in a friendly, one-on-one setting to determine which factors are contributing to your child’s sensory processing issues. When we have identified the particular developmental immaturities involved, we then provide you with a customised home program that is unique to your child. The program is specifically designed to strengthen the areas your child has most difficulty with and includes not only activities, but also dietary advice.

    Sensory Motor Maturation Programs

    Learning Connections provides a 'Sensory Motor Maturation Program' that is designed to help children with sensory processing disorders. The sensory motor maturation program enhances the ability of the child to process sensory information. With maturation and improved central nervous system organisation, children develop the foundations necessary for attention and learning. They are then able to organise their hands, body and mind to effectively express their knowledge and organise themselves for motor learning tasks.

    The Learning Connections program will help your child with:

    • Attention
    • Concentration
    • Motor Development
    • Auditory and visual immaturities
    • Sensory seeking behaviour
    • Sensory avoidant behaviour
    • Tantrums and crying
    • Repetitive behaviour

    If you would like more information about how Learning Connections can help your child with their sensory processing issues, please call or email us today.

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