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  • We learn by the information we receive through our senses.
  • Children With SPD find it difficult to process info through their senses. Most children with SPD are just as intelligent as their class mates their brains are just wired different
  • When I first learned about SPD it really hit home. My son Ethan., From the time he was about 1 yr old he showed all the classic signs of ADD ADHD. And with all the hype circulating about the 2 kind of scared me.
  • Many off these symptoms Ethan had point to ADD or ADHD
  • So many people today reach for pills to solve all their problems. Studies have shown that
  • SPD

    1. 1. Sensory Processing Disorder
    2. 2. More Complex Senses * Balance * Body Awareness Seven Senses of Learning
    3. 3. Neurological “traffic jam” Sensory Processing Disorder Organize Sensory Input
    4. 4. Possible Causes <ul><li>Premature Births </li></ul><ul><li>Prenatal and Postnatal environments </li></ul><ul><li>Birth Trauma </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of sensory experiences after birth </li></ul><ul><li>Genetic </li></ul>
    5. 5. Ethan
    6. 6. <ul><li>Runs, swings, spins, paces excessively, or flaps hands when excited </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty following directions, or sequencing the steps of an activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Has difficulties interacting with peers, Their play is often immature </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty focusing attention, or being over-focused </li></ul><ul><li>Falls apart or loses control easily. Often during transition times. </li></ul><ul><li>Is restless, inattentive, and disruptive; May not like to participate in group time. </li></ul><ul><li>Easily distracted by visual or auditory stimuli </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Strong dislike of baths, haircuts, or nail cutting </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme sensitivity to texture and temperature of food </li></ul><ul><li>Distressed by seams in socks and tags in his clothes </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of enjoyment in age-appropriate motor activities. Swinging, climbing, sports, riding bike </li></ul><ul><li>Overly sensitive to touch, or wants to be touched all the time </li></ul><ul><li>Cry or covers their ears with every load sound. </li></ul><ul><li>Picky eater </li></ul>
    8. 8. Misdiagnosed & Inappropriately medicated for ADD & ADHD
    9. 9. Teacher = Child Advocate
    10. 10. <ul><li>Developing a greater awareness of sensory Processing disorder </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze and record the behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Behavior is communication ~ Ask yourself ~ What is the child trying to say? </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be tempted to simply judge and move on. </li></ul><ul><li>Be empathetic with parents </li></ul><ul><li>Inform and educate parents on the alternatives to medications </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational Therapist </li></ul>Be sensory detectives

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