Signs of SPD in Children – from Picky Eating to Temper Tantrums

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF SPD: SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER SIGNS

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) affects five to ten percent of all children – an average of one child in every classroom. But how do you know if your child may have Sensory Processing Disorder? What are the sensory processing disorder signs in children?

Imagine having a child who finds hugs unbearable, or a child who throws temper tantrums virtually every time he or she is taken to a restaurant or store, or a child who refuses to eat. These behaviors are daily realities for more than three million children in the United States alone.

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The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation wants parents to know the Sensory Processing Disorder signs, which can include:

  •     Overly sensitive to touch, noises, smells, or movement
  •     Floppy or stiff body, clumsy, poor motor skills or handwriting
  •     Difficulty dressing, eating, sleeping, or toilet training
  •     Frequent or lengthy temper tantrums
  •     Easily distracted, fidgety, withdrawn, or aggressive
  •     Craves movement
  •     Easily overwhelmed

Most children with Sensory Processing Disorder are just as intelligent as their peers, and many are intellectually gifted. Not all children are affected the same way. One child with SPD may over-respond to sensation and find clothing and certain foods unbearable. Another might under-respond and show no reaction to pain, while yet another might have coordination problems.

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