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Sensory Processing Disorder
What is Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory processing disorder tends to be noticed during the toddler years. This is usually the time when parents notice differences in a child's sensory perception. You may also notice challenges in a child's balance, walking, climbing or motor skills. There are at least one in twenty people with a sensory processing disorder. Gifted children, have ADHD, fragile X syndrome or Autism tend to have sensory processing challenges.
Sensory aids such as Weighted Vests, Weighted Collars, and Sensory Clothing can help children struggling with the sensory overload, alongside options to explore the introduction of a therapy hammock that will benefit your child with the swinging and rocking motion created to stimulate the nervous system and increase messages to the brain while processing the swinging motion, and may help with retention whilst comforted by the motion.
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What is sensory processing disorder?
Some children have challenges with processing sensory information. This includes the array of information that comes through sight, hearing, touch and taste. The nervous system receives information in different ways. This can result in alternative responses to what you might expect in everyday situations. This is because the sensory information from the environment is poorly detected and interpreted. use of Sensory clothing, weighted collars, weighted vests and sensory equipment has been proven to help children with a sensory processing disorder.
Sensory equipment such as the therapy hammock will stimulate the nervous system and is perfect for home or school use.
Sensory equipment available includes cause and effect toys, helping with sensory play. Products such as chewing necklaces and sensory gloves alongside the large range of organic sensory toys and the use of cause and effect switch toys such as the curvy board plus, and curvy board standard are proven to help children with a sensory processing disorder.
Is there one type of sensory processing disorder?
Children with sensory processing needs can be hypersensitive or hypersensitive. Alternative ways of describing this are sensory seeking and sensory avoiding. Children who are sensory seeking search for more sensory stimulation. Children who are sensory avoiding tend to reduce the sensory input that they receive.
Changes in Behaviour or Mood swings
Children with sensory processing challenges often express themselves through their behaviour. These changes in behaviour may be confusing or upsetting at first. Such changes may be a result of changes to the environment or routine.
Some behaviours that you might observe in a child who has sensory processing challenges include:
Irritation with clothing
Dislike of certain foods
Unusually high or low pain threshold
Bumping into walls
Putting clothing, paint or other items into their mouths
Extreme upset and crying
You may see children with sensory needs seek situations that will help them stay calm. This might include running into unsafe areas. For example, a child may run into the road to get closer to or further away from a sensory situation. Children may run across playgrounds or water to stabilise their senses. As children develop you may see them develop self-regulating behaviours. This self-regulation can take the form of stimming, rocking, and fidgeting.
Cause and effect switch toys such as the curvy board lite and the sensory owl tactile bag can help regulate behaviours, alongside the weighted blanket that can provide comfort during an upset episode.
Resources to help with sensory processing
Various things can help a child with sensory processing challenges.
A visual timetable can help a child to prepare for any changes to their routine or environment. If there is new sensory stimuli that will upset a child, a PECS Visual Timetable is great for preparing a child for this
Chewlery is great for children who have sensory challenges and a need to chew on products. You can find a range of chewlery with different textures that will replace a child's need to chew on everyday household items.
Sensory products like a weighted blanket, weighted vest or resistance tunnel are great for children who need to release the build up of sensory information. These items help a child to remain calm.