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Sensory Processing Disorder

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Heather Witbeck

on 8 April 2013

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Transcript of Sensory Processing Disorder

"Understanding Sensory Processing
- and what can go wrong" What Sensory Processing
Disorder looks like What can we do in the classrooms to help students with SPD? Sensory Processing Disorder What is SPD? What Sensory Processing Disorder looks like
Sensory Processing Disorder can affect people in only one sense–for example, just touch or just sight or just movement–or in multiple senses. One person with SPD may over-respond to sensation and find clothing, physical contact, light, sound, food, or other sensory input to be unbearable. Another might under-respond and show little or no reaction to stimulation, even pain or extreme hot and cold. In children whose sensory processing of messages from the muscles and joints is impaired, posture and motor skills can be affected. These are the "floppy babies" who worry new parents and the kids who get called "klutz" and "spaz" on the playground. Still other children exhibit an appetite for sensation that is in perpetual overdrive. These kids often are misdiagnosed - and inappropriately medicated - for ADHD.
Sensory Processing Disorder is most commonly diagnosed in children, but people who reach adulthood without treatment also experience symptoms and continue to be affected by their inability to accurately and appropriately interpret sensory messages.
These "sensational adults" may have difficulty performing routines and activities involved in work, close relationships, and recreation. Because adults with SPD have struggled for most of their lives, they may also experience depression, underachievement, social isolation, and/or other secondary effects.
Sadly, misdiagnosis is common because many health care professionals are not trained to recognize sensory issues. The Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation is dedicated to researching these issues, educating the public and professionals about their symptoms and treatment, and advocating for those who live with Sensory Processing Disorder and sensory challenges associated with other conditions.
http://spdfoundation.net/about-sensory-processing-disorder.html#lookslike "SPD is on a continuüm... at one end of the continuum,
some people have mild dysfunction that
affects their self regulation."
At the far end of the
continuum, many
people with autism
have severe
processing issues." External Senses:
* Tactile - Touch
* Olfactory/Gustatory - Smell and Taste
* Visual/Auditory - Sight and Sound "Our senses give us information we
need to function in the world..."
We receive and process information
externally and internally. Internal Senses:
* Interoceptive - Regulates internal organ functions
* Vestibular - Position of our head
* Proprioceptive - Position of our body Sensory Processing Disorder:
When a child's nervous system has a problem with modulation... Sensory Processing Disorder occurs. Normal Sensory Processing:
"Sensory processing is the neurological procedure of organizing the information we take in our bodies and the world around us for use in daily life... and involves reception, detection, integration, modulation, discrimination, postural responses and praxis." SPD can be categorized in three ways... 1.Sensory Avoider
"Oh No" 2. Sensory
"Ho-Hum" 3. Sensory
"More - More" Misconceptions SPD diagnosis
not recognized
by DSM or Medical
Insurance Companies
"It probably doesn't help that the signs of SPD are a mixed bag. For some, it takes the form of an aversion to loud noises, rough textures in clothing and the taste and textures of certain foods. It is also said to manifest itself in what are known as "vestibular" effects -- poor balance, clumsiness and a delay in milestones such as learning to walk and talk. Some appear overstimulated by the world around them. Others are under stimulated." Myth: Sensory issues are really discipline issues.
Myth: For a sensory issue to be real, it should be consistent. Myth: Sensory Processing Disorders are rare. Myth: There’s nothing you can do about sensory issues.
Myth: There’s nothing good about having sensory issues.
Myth: Kids will just outgrow their sensory issues. Find the answers... Visit these websites for more information
2. http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sinetwork.org%2Fabout-sensory-processing-disorder.html&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNE3CF8gN7_cd-VjRmPnZ0H_YCgaJg
3.http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sensitivesam.com%2Fauthor%2Fauthorillustrator-marla-roth-fisch&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNFj9iKzXrWYUiht6WCz_eesmJ6y3g "Although it may sound somewhat redundant, the best schools and teachers are those who can help children learn to love learning. In order to love learning, children must first learn to love."
And teachers must learn to differentiate and accommodate the needs of these students.
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