Sensory information processing
A few examples of behaviours linked to sensory processing
- Difficulties to concentrate
- Not being able to sit still, constantly climbing on things,
bouncing etc. sometimes leading to dangerous situations
- Not being able to have labels in clothes. Hating having dirty hands.
- Difficulties with loud or unexpected noises
- Constantly wanting to touch things and/or people
- Picky eaters and/or daily struggle with brushing teeth
- Excessive fear of swings or other playground equipment compaired to their peers
- Always slouchy or difficult to get going.
Daydreaming or not noticing what is happening around them
- Poor balance
- Easily overstimulated for example tantrums in the grocery store,
hitting other children whilst waiting in line
- Difficulties falling asleep or sleeping through
These are just some examples of behaviours that can be linked to sensory information processing. When there are problems in this area the sensory information is not processed correctly which leads to a behavioural response that is not suited to the situation as far as we can see it. Children can be overly sensitive to sounds, light, touch or movements but they can also be undersensitive. The ability to concentrate is closely connected to sensory processing and can therefore be affected by difficulties in this area.
I asses how the sensory processing in your child is taking place. I provide background information to you in order to better understand your child’s behaviour and how to deal with situations. From around 7 years of age I can teach the child to understand what is happening in their body, why they respond the way they do and how they can change this them self. Is some case this takes up a lot of time. Often the difficulties are complex and not easily assessed. In these situations, it can happen that more time is needed then the 10 hours that are covered by the health insurance. When this seems to be the case as the sessions go along, we will discuss how the remaining time is best used.
Children with a diagnosis of ASS or ADHD often have difficulties with the sensory processing and can also benefit from intervention.