Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a complex disorder of the brain. People with SPD misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement. This can lead to behavioral problems, difficulties with coordination, learning challenges, and many other issues.
Dislike of/difficulty with group situations Self-stimulation and/or self-injury Poor play skills Overly/under sensitive to specific sensations (touch, smells, sounds, movement, sights, foods, etc) Physical clumsiness; difficulty with sports Difficulty to unwind or calm self Lack of independence with age level tasks Difficulty with fine motor tasks Difficulty with handwriting Unusually high/low activity level Impulsivity; distractibility Resistance to novel situations Frequent whining and complaining Difficulty with transitions Easily frustrated; tantrums Disorganization Difficulty carrying through multi step tasks Overly shy Poor organization with space and time
Essential for development of motor, visual , and language skills
Essential for developing proper regulation of attention and activity levels
Examples of poor postural skills: poor posture while sitting, not facing task or sitting too far away from tasks, poor balance, restless while sitting, getting out of breath easily, fatiguing easily, etc
Ability to organize appropriate movements in response to demands
Essential for successful interaction with our environment
Examples: poor motor planning, difficulty with bilateral movements, clumsy movements, bumping into things, poor sequencing, poor visual and fine motor skills, lacking confidence, difficulty following directions, etc