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What is a Sensory Processing Disorder?

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Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism

Autism and Sensory processing disorder are both neurodevelopmental disorders that affect children’s ability to communicate properly like a normal or unaffected children. Some of autistic children will have Sensory Processing Disorder but SPD should not  always be autistic. A normal children interact with what is happening around them.

They interact through their senses the way they see, hear , touch, taste and smell. All of these normal children are  constantly managing their  sensory  messages depending on how they receive the messages and organize those messages into the right behavioral and physiological responses.

Sensory Processing Disorder surfaces when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses. A child that doesn’t react  accordingly base on what the situation required is labeled basically has a sensory disorder behavior. Most of us born capable of receiving sensory messages and able to organize them into the right behavioral response.

For example, when we smell something is burning inside the house , we react according to what the message brings us. We automatically translate the message which is something burning into behavioral response like stop what we are doing and find where that burning smell came from.  At the same time the nervous system emanates physiological response because of what we know about smelling something burning if not found right away something bad would happen that gives us a message response to act accordingly to put out the fire  wherever it exist, such reaction for all we know it would surely increase our heart rate and blood pressure.

When does SPD exist?

Sensory Processing Disorder exist when one child is unable or failed to use an incoming sensory information to perform appropriate tasks by integrating with what the child see, hear and touch plus the other two internal senses such as smell and taste. Other children can be totally unreactive to pain, heat and even cold or can be hyper reactive to slightest touch or noise.

 

No matter what the issues are, if we think about how this kind of  child suffered in  dealing with all  these kind of stress everyday if we call it that way,  somewhat we could imagine it is definitely hard. Feeling different from anyone else because the child can’t do even a simple thing compare to other child around him. Maybe nobody wants to befriend him or her, might be the center of ridicule  by other children  instead.

The parents will surely become worried and frustrated. We all know that not all things can be imagined but in the child’s situation we can assert that the  “Life would be hard “. Only prayers can keep our hope alive and for the better.

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  1. uphill1

    Hi Chris,
    because of your site I am now more informed on Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD. Are all senses affect or can there be cases where on one sense i.e. smelling is only affected. As you mention, one can only imagine that this must be very difficult for a child with autism. Do you know of any research work being conducted to better understand and perhaps prevent autism.
    Thank you for better educating me.

    Regards,
    Jerome

    1. Cris Santos

      Hello Jerome,

      Once a child is diagnosed with SPD that means that all the child’s senses are labelled affected, receiving a messages if unsuccessful would be hard to organize it by the child’s brain and convert that message to behavioral and physiological response. The whole being of a child sensory behavior is affected by this SPD and not only one sense. If a child fails to organize messages he or she will have problems in other areas that rely on the same sensory and motor foundations. For example, if a child sees a ball coming and is about to hit him but it seems that he is not alert enough to take action base on how close it is. Same thing would happen even if people around him are shouting to warn him, seems he is ignoring it but the truth is his sensory behavioral response is not enough to take an appropriate reaction. I hope that will explain it.

      However, A Pivotal Response Therapy (PRT) also called a Pivotal Response Treatment is a promising research for behavioral intervention response therapy for autism and SPD. It is in connection with Pivotal Behavioral Skills or motivation to response to multiple cues, self management and social interaction. It is being used by most of the Doctors to treat autism and other mental disorder. It was developed by Dr. Robert Koegel, Ph.D and Lynn Kern Koegel, Ph.D at the University of California, Sta. Barbara. There are the director and clinical director of UCSB Koegel Autism Research Center.

      Let me know if you need more information. Thank you.

  2. Kim

    Very informative website I really enjoyed reading. I have a nephew who is autistic and I found this information so true. I enjoy getting all the information I can on autism to help understand what he goes thru every day and how he sees things You can never know too much when it comes to a subject like this and glad to meet others who have experience in the field as well and get different perspectives

    1. Cris Santos

      Hello Kim,
      Thank you for sharing your opinion about this article. It is a pleasure to have your comment pointing out the importance of knowing about autism especially for those young parents. Thanks again, God Bless.

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    1. admin

      Thank you for such wonderful comment. I have been busy doing some other stuff about project around the house, sorry about that. I would promise to post more but this time it will be about my son on how we experience difficulties as he grows up dealing with the spectrum. Thanks again.

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