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Sensory processing disorder symptoms

Updated February 21, 2019

Sensory processing disorder, also known as sensory integration dysfunction, is common in children with autism, cerebral palsy and attention deficit disorder. Sensory processing disorder causes difficulty in integrating information from the five senses, along with the sense of movement and the sense of knowing where the parts of the body are. Therapy can treat related symptoms.

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Stimulation Response

Children with sensory processing disorder may be overly responsive to stimuli, or not responsive enough. One child avoids contact with the outside world, while the other seeks constant stimulation.

Tactile Symptoms

These children may be overly sensitive to certain types of tactile stimulation, such as disliking the texture of certain fabrics, or of other substances such as mud or clay.

Auditory Symptoms

The child with sensory processing disorder may not respond consistently to speech, or may not be able to figure out where a sound is coming from. He might cry when he hears certain sounds, like a hair dryer; or, in contrast, he might really like loud noises.

Taste Symptoms

Sensory processing disorder can cause a heightened sense of taste, and the child might be willing to eat only a limited number of foods. She also might lick on inedible items such as fabric.

Visual Symptoms

A child with visual processing problems may be unable to put puzzles together, or may have trouble using words to identify objects. He might dislike colourful rooms, or may have problems seeing the difference between shapes and sizes.

Movement Symptoms

Children with sensory processing disorder might enjoy the extra stimulation from spinning around, or conversely, may dislike merry-go-rounds and other amusement park rides. They also might be able to use both hands equally well for colouring, printing letters and throwing a ball.

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About the Author

Shelley Moore

Shelley Moore is a journalist and award-winning short-story writer. She specializes in writing about personal development, health, careers and personal finance. Moore has been published in "Family Circle" magazine and the "Milwaukee Sentinel" newspaper, along with numerous other national and regional magazines, daily and weekly newspapers and corporate publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology.

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