What are the causes of sensory processing disorder?
Doctors don’t know what causes SPD. They’re exploring a genetic link, which means it could run in families. Some doctors believe there could be a link between autism and SPD. This could mean that adults who have autism could be more likely to have children who have SPD.
Can a child outgrow sensory processing disorder?
But what every parent wants to know is, “Will my child just outgrow this?” Unfortunately, the answer – like the condition itself – is complex. We simply do not have evidence that children can “outgrow” SPD if it is left untreated.
Can a child have sensory issues and not be autistic?
Sensory processing problems are now considered a symptom of autism because the majority of children and adults on the autism spectrum also have significant sensory issues. However, many children with sensory issues are not on the spectrum.
What is a sensory diet?
A sensory diet is a tailored plan of physical activities and accommodations designed to meet a child’s sensory needs. This type of treatment has nothing to do with food. The goal is to get kids in a “just right” state.
How do you discipline a child with SPD?
Understand what sensory input your child is seeking and redirect. Take a look at your child’s behavior and see what senses they are looking to stimulate. Rather than punish them for engaging in a behavior, redirect them to another activity that stimulates their senses in a similar way.
How can I help my child with SPD?
Managing sensory processing disorder at school
- Listening to calming music.
- Fidget toys (even hair elastics) and inflatable cushions for long periods of sitting to help with focus and concentration.
- Chewable jewellery for oral cravings.
- Doing wall push-ups and jumping jacks for physical stimulation.
Can sensory processing disorder cause speech delay?
It is no surprise that children with SPD are often delayed in speech and/or language. If a child is distracted by discomfort caused by their environment, or if they are busy seeking sensations that are not readily available, they are less likely to be able to attend to speech and language learning opportunities.
How do you get diagnosed with sensory processing disorder?
The Diagnostic Process
Although not yet recognized officially (for example, in the DSM-5), Sensory processing Disorder can be identified and categorized by an occupational therapist with advanced training in sensory processing and integration.