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How Do I Know If My Toddler Has A Sensory Processing Disorder?

Updated: Sep 9, 2023

In Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) brain get trouble while processing and interpreting information from the 5 senses of body. This can lead to difficulties with things like touch, sound, light, and movement, and can affect a person's ability to perform daily activities.

Brain disorder in kids

Symptoms of SPD can vary widely and may include things like oversensitivity to certain stimuli, under sensitivity to others, and difficulty with motor coordination. It is still a topic of research and not a recognized diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association. It is usually treated by occupational therapy or parenting counselor.

This brain disorder can be difficult to diagnose, especially in young children. However, there are some signs and symptoms that may indicate that a toddler has SPD. These can include:

  1. Over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to certain sensory stimuli, such as sound, touch, or temperature. For example, a toddler with SPD may be easily overwhelmed by loud noises or bright lights or may be indifferent to pain or temperature changes.

  2. Difficulty with fine motor skills, such as buttoning clothes or holding utensils.

  3. Difficulty with gross motor skills, such as balancing or jumping.

  4. Difficulty with self-care tasks, such as brushing hair or teeth.

  5. Difficulty with social interactions, such as making eye contact or understanding personal space.

  6. Difficulty with transitions or changes in routine.

  7. Aggressive or self-injurious behaviour.

Sensory Processing Disorder in kids

Difficulty with concentration and attention.

It's important to note that many of these symptoms can also be caused by other conditions, such as autism or developmental delays. If you suspect that your toddler has SPD, it's important to seek a professional evaluation from a qualified healthcare provider or counselor.


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