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Is it a Behavior or a Sensory Disorder?
Children with SPD often display very specific sensory difficulties as follows:
Responds negatively to unexpected or loud noises Holds hands over ears Cannot filter out background noise Seems oblivious within an active environment
Visual: Prefers to be in the dark Hesitates going up and down steps Avoids bright lights Stares intensely at people or objects Avoids eye contact
Taste/Smell: Avoids certain tastes/smells that are typically part of children's diets Routinely smells nonfood objects Seeks out certain tastes or smells Does not seem to smell strong odors
Body Position: Continually seeks out all kinds of movement activities Hangs on other people, furniture, objects, even in familiar situations Seems to have weak muscles, tires easily, has poor endurance Walks on toes
Movement: Becomes anxious or distressed when feet leave the ground Avoids climbing or jumping Avoids playground equipment Seeks all kinds of movement and this interferes with daily life Takes excessive risks while playing, has no safety awareness
Touch: Avoids getting messy in glue, sand, finger paint, tape Is sensitive to certain fabrics (clothing, bedding) Touches people and objects at an irritating level Avoids going barefoot, especially in grass or sand Has decreased awareness of pain or temperature
Attention, Behavior, and Social: Jumps from one activity to another frequently and it interferes with play Has difficulty paying attention Is overly affectionate with others Seems anxious Is accident prone Has difficulty making friends, does not express emotions
ADHD and Gifted
Child with Incoordination Disorder
Modifications to the Learing Environment
Climbing and Crashing Movements
Joint and Muscle Activity
Movement is the Key to Learning
OT and SI Information Packet
The Sensory Sensitive Child
Transitions and Related Behaviors
Why They Can't Sit Still
In Service for Teachers on "Is it Sensory or Behavior"