Signs and Symptoms

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
  • Impulsive
  • 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.

For help finding a therapist, please click here.