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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