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Types of Sensory Processing Disorders
January 10, 2019
Sensory Modulation Disorder Sensory modulation is a neurological function and is the organization of sensory information for on-going use. Efficient sensory modulation is the ability to effectively regulate the degree to which one is influenced by various sensory inputs. The goal is to regulate sensory input and to “make sense of the physical world” and the “place of self within that world.” That is, efficient sensory modulation allows the central nervous system to regulate such things as attention and activity level by enabling one to attend to important stimuli, filter out irrelevant stimuli, and modify the amount of stimulation one is exposed to. Typically, healthy sensory modulation occurs automatically, unconsciously and without effort in normally developing children. For children with a variety of developmental challenges, the process is inefficient, demanding effort and attention with no guarantee of accuracy. Common symptoms include: Withdrawing from light and unexpected touch Gagging and refusal to eat textured foods Dislike of teeth-brushing, hair washing, or nail cutting Avoidance of messy textures such as dirt or lotion Strong preferences to certain types of clothing, including textures and fit Over-sensitivity to sounds or visual stimuli Sensory Discrimination Disorder Children that suffer from sensory discrimination disorder often have a hard time perceiving information. Discrimination is the brain’s ability to interpret information and disregards irrelevant information. A disorder of discrimination means the brain sometimes jumbles or confused environmental stimuli. Each of the 8 senses has their own discrimination disorder and a child with this subtype of SPD can have any combination of all 8 discrimination disorders. Common symptoms include: Difficulty manipulating an object when out of sight Difficulties following directions Challenges distinguishing between similar sounds Problems finding an image in a cluttered background Uses too much or too little force Poor balance Poor sense of movement speed Postural-Ocular Disorder Children with postural-ocular disorder have problems controlling or stabilizing the body during movements or at rest. Muscles may be hypo or hypertonic and joints may be unstable. Poor usage of vision and oculomotor control. Common symptoms include: Poor posture control or strength Poor equilibrium and balance Difficulty isolating head-eye movements Poor tracking of visual stimuli Avoidance of upper extremity weight bearing Discomfort climbing or fear of heights Tires easily Challenges establishing dominant hand (right or left handedness) Dyspraxia Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech. DCD is a lifelong condition, formally recognized by international organisations including the World Health Organisation. DCD is distinct from other motor disorders such as cerebral palsy and stroke, and occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. Individuals may vary in how their difficulties present: these may change over time depending on environmental demands and life experiences. Common symptoms include: Trouble performing activities of daily living Accident-prone and clumsiness Resists new activities Poor playing skills Poor fine motor coordination Poor articulation References http://www.ascentchs.com/developmental/sensory-processing/symptoms-signs-effects/#Types-of-Sensory-Processing-Disorders https://nspt4kids.com/healthtopics-and-conditions-database/sensory-modulation https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/about-dyspraxia
Sensory Processing Disorder Causes – What Causes SPD?
December 14, 2018
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), exists when sensory signals are either not detected or don’t get organized into appropriate responses. Pioneering occupational therapist, educational psychologist, and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, PhD, likened SPD to a neurological “traffic jam” that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, and many other problems may impact those who do not have effective treatment. One study (Ahn, Miller, Milberger, McIntosh, 2004) shows that at least 1 in 20 children’s daily life is affected by SPD. Another research study by Alice Carter and colleagues who are members of the Sensory Processing Disorder Scientific Work Group (Ben-Sasson, Carter, Briggs-Gowen, 2009) suggests that 1 in every 6 children experiences sensory symptoms that may be significant enough to affect aspects of everyday life functions. The causes of Sensory Processing Disorder presents a pressing question for every parent of a child with SPD. Many worry that they are somehow to blame for their child’s sensory issues. Parents ask, “Is it something I did?” Preliminary research suggests that SPD is often inherited. If so, the causes of SPD are coded into the child’s genetic material. Prenatal and birth complications have also been implicated, and environmental factors may be involved. For example, children who are adopted often experience SPD, due perhaps to restrictions in their early lives or poor prenatal care. Birth risk factors may also cause SPD (low birth weight, prematurity, etc). Of course, as with any developmental and/or behavioral disorder, the causes of SPD are likely to be the result of factors that are both genetic and environmental. Only with more research will it be possible to identify the role of each. A preliminary summary of research into causation and prevalence is contained in Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children With Sensory Processing Disorder (New York: Perigee, 2014, 2nd edition). Children at risk for having or developing SPD are those who: 1. Have Autism, Aspergers, PDD, or other spectrum disorders (which are neurologically based too). 2. Have been institutionalized or understimulated during critical periods of neurological development. 3. Have been tube fed for extended periods of time (due to decreased oral stimulation and proper oral motor development). 4. Have Fragile X Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD and other developmental delays and neurological disorders. 5. Were drug addicted during fetal development. 6. Have relatives with SPD, especially parents or siblings. 7. Do not receive proper, or enough, stimulation to all senses during development. 8. Had extended hospital stays, especially in the first year. 9. Have been exposed to a variety of environmental toxins. 10. Have food allergies. 11. Those with mental health issues (although the chicken/egg theory can be argued here), as it increasingly becomes apparent in adults. 12. Are gifted. There are also individuals who can not identify a cause by any of the above, and for unknown reasons develop (or are “born with”) SPD as well. References https://www.spdstar.org/basic/about-spd https://www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/what-causes-spd.html