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What is Sensory Disorder?
Formally known as Sensory Integration Dysfunction.
Sensory Processing disorder is when parts of the brain have
trouble receiving and responding to the information needed to
interpret sensory (hearing, seeing, touch, smell, taste, and
movement) information correctly.
The body “feels” the stimuli correctly, but the mind “interprets
“ the stimuli incorrectly
A. Jean Ayres, Occupational Therapist and Neuroscientist
referenced it as a “traffic jam”.
Sensory Processing Disorder was defined by Anna Jean Ayres in the
Was excluded in the fifth edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual)in December 2012.
73% - Males
Only published statistic from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller , reported a minimum
of 1 in 20 children have Sensory Processing Disorder.
Commonly associated with other disorders.
Theories on the Disruption of Sensory Processing
Complications during delivery
Infections or Illnesses from mother
Wrapping of the cord
Chronic Ear Infections
No interaction in the environment
Modifications in the Classroom
Use Eye Contact, as well as facial expression
Walking – Taking strolls with an aide during specific intervals
Brushing – A technique that is taught by their OT to brush themselves
with a deep touch pressure (this is to be done in the bathroom stalls for
Listening to Calming music – using the ipod
Fidgeting with objects – Give a child a ball to squeeze.
Special place in line and seating in the classroom.
Monitor the tone and volume of voice
Conscious of body language
The most important one is, as a teacher, you must accommodate based
on how they respond. Each child with a sensory processing disorder is