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Signs of SPD, or Sensory Processing Disorder – What to Look For & When is it Time for Help

Signs of SPD, or Sensory Processing Disorder – What to Look For & When is it Time for Help

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Every parent wants their child to succeed at everything they do. But what happens when everyday tasks are made incredibly difficult by constant distractions you don’t understand?

Does it seem like your child often displays strong responses to sense related occurrences that wouldn’t be a big deal to anyone else, like the sound of flushing toilets or background noises you don’t notice at all?

Or does the opposite occur? Does your child have little to no response to things that may be alarming to others such as getting a deep cut from falling off a bike?

If your child is having trouble focusing or understanding their senses and how they work in their space, you should look out for SPD symptoms.

If you notice that your child can’t stand sensory stimulation they could be hypersensitive. This may include:

  • Finding physical touch abrasive, even from familiar adults or family members
  • Absolutely hating clothes made of rough fabrics or with tags
  • Finding bright lights incredibly harsh
  • Struggling to maintain a healthy diet because the child is overly sensitive to the smells, the look and texture of food
  • Loud sounds like sirens have a crippling effect on them

There are plenty more symptoms, but in general, if their distaste for sensory stimulation interferes with their ability to function properly through their day, it may be time to bring in a professional to properly diagnose the cause of all symptoms.

If you feel your child is the other extreme in the spectrum, and they crave sensory stimulation to the point of being disruptive, it could be that he or she is a hyposensitive. These types of behaviors may include but are not limited to:

  • Not reacting to the sensations of extreme heat or cold
  • Having the need to excessively touch the world around them
  • Not understanding the concept of personal space
  • Being clumsy and feeling physically disoriented
  • Frequently raising the volume on devices very high
  • Being attracted to very bright and colorful objects
  • Being unaware of their own physical strength

If you suspect your child dealing with issues like these and you’d like to find out what steps to take to help them, contact WeeCare. We specialize in giving your child the best care. Remember, not all possible symptoms are included here and it is important for a specialist to give your child a proper diagnosis if your child even needs one.

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