Treatment for Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory processing disorder is a disorder in which sensory signals do not organize into appropriate responses.
People with sensory processing disorder can not process sensory information. This results in problems with sight, touch, sound, taste and physical contact. Sensory processing disorder is mainly diagnosed in children.
Sensory processing disorder often times go misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. At this time there is not a concrete cause for sensory processing disorder. It is known that sensory processing disorder usually starts in utero. There are several risk factors for developing SPD. The risk factors include having autism, under stimulated during childhood, being tube fed, having fetal alcohol syndrome, relatives with SPD, extended hospital stays, environmental toxins, food allergies and mental health issues. At this time there is not a standard test for sensory processing disorder. The first step in treatment for SPD is getting an accurate diagnosis.
The goal of treatment is to teach the child how to cope with the disorder. After diagnosis it is suggested that a calender showing the child's triggers is kept. This will help doctors plan the correct treatment plan. The calendar should show duration and frequency of attacks. Treatment for sensory processing disorder starts in the home and with family members.
For children with tactile SPD soft brushes massaged over the body is a great treatment. Keeping children out of noisy situation also help with SPD. Using toys that require pushing and pulling is another great treatment for SPD. Listening to music, rocking in a rocking chair, playing instruments and picture games are also used in treatment. The most important thing to remember when treating SPD is to go slow and take cues from your child.