Have you ever wondered whether your child might have sensory processing disorder? Simply put, SPD is a condition where sensory signals aren’t being organized into appropriate responses, which results in challenges in performing everyday tasks and doing well at school or at home. Studies show that at least 1 in 20 children’s daily life is affected by SPD. So what are some signs that might show symptoms of SPD?
1. Constant Chewing and Biting.
If your child is constantly chewing or biting things, whether it’s the bed post or toys (and you know that your child should be way past the teething stage as well), it could mean that he or she might have oral sensory needs that are not being met and it might be time to talk to your pediatrician for SPD evaluations.
2. Unable to Stay Still.
There’s a difference between a child who has youthful, high amounts of energy and a child who suffers from unmet vestibular sensory needs. If your child is unable to sit still and seem to always be constantly on the move, this could be a sign of sensory issues.
3. Always Disorganized.
If your child is like most kids, he or she might be unable to find his or her favorite toys and school supplies. Your child seems to always be losing things! But if your child’s forgetfulness and constant disorganized personality seem to be excessive, there is a chance that he or she may struggle with visual sensory processing. Visual schedules and charts can help them stay organized with everyday tasks, but know that sensory issues may be coming into play here.
4. Easily Angry and Frustrated.
Imagine being unable to regulate your own emotions and having to experience sensory overload every day. No wonder your child may seem angry and frustrated all the time! While this may be challenging to handle as a parent, understand that this could be a symptom caused by sensory processing disorder.
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