Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is where a child responds to sensory stimuli either too much or too little. For some children, it is extremely debilitating and anxiety provoking which prevents them from participating in regular activities that a child would normally enjoy. This limits their experiences and therefore their learning development. It affects their everyday lives as they often cannot concentrate on activities as they become distracted by the scratchy tag on the back of their school shirt, or feel the need to stand and move around during class time for example.
Assessment and Treatment Process
Therapists at iThrive are equipped in the use of a range of assessment tools which assist in providing a more comprehensive ‘picture’ of your child’s sensory system. A parent questionnaire is required as we are aware that children can present very differently in different settings and with different people. Specific exercises which are fun but functional are then recommended and are completed during therapy sessions and usually takes place in the gross motor gym. The activities are fun and engaging and children often never want to leave!