Key phrase:  sensory processing delays in children with learning disabilities, sensory processing treatment

Children with sensory processing difficulties may:

  • have poor posture control or strength
  • have poor balance or coordination
  • avoid weight bearing
  • be uncomfortable climbing or have a fear of heights.
  • not have a dominant hand
  • weak self-regulation skills
  • have poor attention and organization skills
  • demonstrate inappropriate behavior or social skills
  • be overly active or very lethargic
  • have difficulties in learning and retaining knowledge
  • be uncomfortable in crowds or group settings
  • demonstrate immature social skills
  • struggle with high anxiety
Sensory processing refers to the way the brain receives, organizes, and responds to input received through the senses. Someone with sensory processing difficulties may have trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. Some children with sensory processing issues are oversensitive to light, sound, color, movement or other stimulation within the environment. Loud or high pitch sounds may be painful and overwhelming. The light touch of a tag, rough texture or the back of a chair may cause an uncontrolled response or uncomfortable reaction that may not be understood in classrooms or social situations.

Sensory processing problems can be very frustrating and confusing for a family and for the child. With individualized sensory processing treatment life can get easier!

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