Kirkland WA, Denver CO

Is my child having Sensory issues? The signs and symptoms of a Sensory Processing Disorder

First, what is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)? SPD is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information which comes in through the senses (sight, touch, taste, hearing, smelling, vestibular, and proprioceptive). Some people with SPD are oversensitive to things in their environment and this may cause them to have intense reactions to seemingly benign situations.  While others with SPD are under-sensitive to things in their environment and this may cause them to have little to no reaction to what is occurring around them.  

Below you will see a list of the most common Sensory based behaviors we see in children.  If you suspect that your child may have SPD, you can reach out to Grant Therapy Services, and speak with a therapist today.  

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Trouble performing activities of daily living
  • Accident-prone and clumsiness
  • Resists new activities
  • Poor playing skills
  • Poor fine motor coordination
  • Poor articulation