Their symptoms could look very similar...
But, children with SPD demonstrate more immediate responses to the "just right" sensory input.
Children with other diagnoses may also benefit from OT and a sensory lifestyle, but may require more support with impulse control and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
(Miller, Nielsen, Schoen, 2012)
- Identify your child’s sensory differences
- Attune to changes in child’s environment
- Recognize signs of dysregulation or big emotions.
This may also help you decode behaviors as behaviors are often an attempt to cope or adapt to sensory difficulties or neurological challenges.
Prior to reaching “Too Fast”
- Organize: reduce pace & volume of voice, direct to slow activities, move to a calm environment
- Help: identify problem & emotion without placing blame, build a plan to fix the problem
- Repair the relationship: help your child reconnect and handle feelings in a safe & secure way
Play is a crucial part of development.
In play, kids learn lessons and skills while developing physical and emotional well-being
Perhaps this website will increase your own understanding of your child’s individual differences, help with informing friends or family members, or even help your child understand their own needs.
At Sensory KIDS we believe that caregivers are a crucial part of the team. We want to support you in understanding your child’s individual differences, including strengths and challenges. This begins with you sharing knowledge about your child. Together we will work to develop a big picture of your child’s world, most importantly the needs within your family.
We believe that your child should have fun & enjoy therapy! Building a strong relationship with your child is the first step in the therapeutic process. Our goal is to offer hope and help along the way.
For your further information...
- Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder. Miller, Lucy (2006). Putnam Adult
- No Longer A SECRET. Bialer, D. S. & Miller, L. J. (2011). Arlington, TX: Sensory World
- The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, Revised Edition. Kranowitz, Carol (2006). Perigee Trade
- The Resilient Parent: Everyday Wisdom for Life with Your Exceptional Child. Joshi, Mantu (2014). DRT Press
- The Whole-Brain Child. Siegel, Daniel & Bryson, Tina (2011). Random House
- Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues. Biel, Lindsey (2009). Penguin Books