Complete guide to sensory processing disorder
Sensory processing disorder is a stand alone disability as well as being prevalent in many other diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, Down syndrome, learning disability, nonverbal learning disability and Tourette syndrome. In addition to senses being under and over-stimulated, sensory processing disorder can adversely affect attention, learning and daily living. In this guide we've collected resources to help you understand this disorder, recognize different sensory issues and behaviors and engage in many fun sensory integration activities.
by Dawn Villarreal, One Place for Special Needs
Sensory processing disorder apps
Here are apps listed as being specific to those with sensory processing issues.
Sensory processing disorder blogs
Blogs that focus on sensory processing disorder and parenting tips.
Sensory processing disorder checklists
Concerned your child has sensory processing disorder or trying to determine if your child is hyper or hypo-sensitive? Check these lists.
Sensory processing disorder co-morbidity
Learn about other disabilities associated with sensory processing issues.
Sensory processing disorder misdiagnosis
Learn about other disorders that can be mistakenly diagnosed instead of sensory processing disorder.
Sensory processing disorder newly diagnosed
You've received the diagnosis. Now what's next?
Sensory processing disorder overview
Gain a general understanding about sensory processing disorder.
Sensory processing disorder parenting
Articles, tips and strateies on a variety of issues for parents raising children with sensory processing disorder.
Sensory processing disorder school issues
Articles for parents to help their children handle their sensory issues at school.
Sensory processing disorder teacher resources
Articles and strategies for teachers who have children with sensory processing disorder in their classroom.
Sensory processing disorder therapy resources
Articles, strategies and tips for therapists working with clients who have sensory processing disorder.
Sensory processing disorder videos
Videos on the subject of sensory processing disorder and sensory integration therapy programs.
Articles about the auditory processing system.
Articles about how our sense of taste works.
Learn about how our bodies detect hunger, elimination and what happens with poor functioning.
Motor planning development
Learn more about how motor planning plays a role in sensory processing disorder.
Articles about how our sense of smell works.
Articles on the proprioceptive system and behaviors associated with a poorly working system.
General understanding of the sensory sytem and how it works.
An understanding of the vestibular system, it's role in balance and activities.
Strategies for using both sides of the body and crossing the midline.
Articles about poor body awareness and why this happens.
Strategies for calming children undergoing sensory overload
Find out what accommodations can help your child in the classroom.
What to do about itchy clothes and other sensory dressing issues.
A few articles discussing sensory and perceptual impairments in driving.
Learn more about this motor planning disorder which affects many individuals with sensory processing disorder.
A few articles discussing sensory factors for individuals in the workplace.
Explaining sensory processing to teachers
Simple info sheets to explain sensory processing disorder to teaching staff.
Often children with tactile and sound sensitivities are frightened of situations we take for granted. Giving an individual control of the noise may help desensitize them to the sound. Here are articles and videos on common noise fears. Fear of alarms, Fear of balloons popping, Fear of car wash, Fear of dentist, Fear of getting haircut, Fear of Halloween, Fear of noises, Fear of Santa, Fear of taking a bath, Fear of using toilet and public restrooms
Articles on the sensory issues related to eating
Articles and strategies on children who can't stop moving or can't sit still
Difficulties with movement and overly cautious behavior can be caused by gravitational insecurity.
Halloween costume ideas for kids with sensory issues
Over 50 costume ideas for kids who have sensory clothing issues or don't like make up on their faces.
Low muscle tone
Articles about hypotonia and how it affects those with sensory processing disorder.
Making eye contact
Understanding why children refuse to look you in the eye.
Strategies for children with excessive chewing problems
Articles and strategies for not being a space invader.
The importance of postural stability for individuals with sensory processing disorder.
Sensory defensive behavior
Learn more about individuals who are sensitive to their environment.
Sensory home therapy room
Tips for making your own sensory room in your home.
Articles and strategies for helping your child who is overwhelmed by their environment.
Sensory play environments
Ideas for creating a sensory play environment in your home.
Sensory seeking behavior
Resources on understanding the behaviors of sensory seeking individuals.
Articles on helping your child get a good night's sleep.
Articles and tips for potty training children with sensory processing disorder
Brushing and joint compression
Using the Wilbarger protocol to calm the sensory system.
How weighted items can help calm and regulate your child's sensory system.
Sensory integration therapy
General information articles and videos on what to expect from a sensory integration therapy program.
Listening programs that may relieve some sensory sensitivities.
Here are lots of ideas to work on a variety of sensory issues. Use these to create a "sensory diet" for your child.
Proprioceptive activities (heavy work activities)
About the writer
Dawn Villarreal runs One Place for Special Needs, a national disability resource that lets you find local and online resources, events and even other families in your neighborhood plus thousands of online disability resources! Stay awhile and check out the site. She is also moderator of Autism Community Connection, a Yahoo group for families of children with autism spectrum disorder. Reprint permission granted by including: Reprinted with permission from One Place for Special Needs http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com