Signs of Sensory Processing Disorder or Dysfunction of Sensory Integration may include
- Difficulty being at the 'just right' level of alertness
- Spending much time being 'under alert' or 'over alert' rather than 'calm and alert'
- Physical clumsiness
- Stooping posture, needing propping up
- Difficulty learning new movements or skills
- Activity level unusually high or low
- Poor awareness of own bady and where it is in relation to others and things
- Extreme sensitivity to touch, movements, sights, sounds or tastes
- Seeking out sensation, touching anf fidgeting, trouble sitting still
- Poor self esteem
- Social and/or emotional difficulties
In addition the person may be:
- Easily distracted
- Have poor attention
- Delayed in development of speech, language understanding
- Delay in reaching develpomental milestones for movement and co-ordination
- Specific learning difficulties
- Specific perceptual difficulties
- Poor self care skills - washing, dressing, eating
An important step in promoting a person's development and their ability to integrate sensory information is to recognise that it exists and that it plays a vital role in their development.
Getting help is important is you suspect someone has sensory processing difficulties.
This will usually involve a referral for specialist assessment and therapy including support.
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