I know you’re worried about your child’s behavior, and I’m here to help. In this blog, we’ll talk about what the difference is with behavioral problems and sensory processing.
A child’s behavior can stem from an inability to communicate their needs and experiences with adults and other children.
If you have a child who is often in trouble, it’s important to know that this behavior may be related to sensory processing issues. What are sensory processing issues, you ask??
Sensory processing issues essentially boil down to either an overreaction or under reaction to sensory information that a person’s brain must process. That information may be external or internal. It may be pleasant or unpleasant.
A child who struggles with sensory processing issues may be unable to filter out certain stimuli. This can make it difficult for them to focus on one thing at a time, which can result in difficulty concentrating and learning new information.
They might also find it hard to sit still or stay quiet when they’re doing something they don’t like. If your child has sensory processing issues, you may notice that he or she is very fidgety or easily distracted by surrounding noises or smells (for example).
Sensory processing issues can also result in your child being very picky about the way things feel or taste. This is why some children are more likely to reject foods that are too spicy, salty, sweet or cold. They may also have trouble identifying emotions such as anger or sadness in others.
If your child has sensory processing issues, it’s important to understand that he or she isn’t being difficult on purpose. It’s also important not to label your child as “high-strung” or “anxious.” Instead, try to help him or her develop coping strategies for dealing with the sensory input coming in from various sources.
A child who has both these problems often appears aggressive, defiant, hyperactive and easily frustrated at school because he doesn’t know how his actions can affect others. Sensory processing issues are often misdiagnosed as ADHD or impulsiveness by parents and teachers–they’re actually symptoms of poor brain organization (or “brain processing”) that affects all areas of life including concentration levels; ability to focus; attention span; hearing ability; speaking skills etc., but most importantly it impacts how we communicate with each other socially!
Your child may have a sensory processing issue if they:
- Are easily distracted, frustrated and confused by noise, bright lights and other stimuli.
- Have difficulty concentrating on tasks that require sustained attention or focus.
- Have problems with learning how to organize their thoughts when reading or doing math problems in class because they are distracted by the noises around them (like someone yelling at them).
Sensory processing disorders need to be taken seriously and help is available. Sensory processing disorders are not the same as ADHD. They can be treated with therapy, but it’s important to understand that sensory processing disorders are not caused by bad parenting or poor nutrition. If your child has a sensory disorder, it’s likely that something about their environment is causing them pain or discomfort–and this can lead to behavioral issues.
Behavioral problems and sensory processing disorders are issues that need to be addressed by a qualified professional and the two realms share a great degree of overlap. Sensory processing disorders can have a huge impact on children’s lives and it is important that parents seek help for their child as soon as possible. There is help available for children with these disorders, so take action today! Call us today to make an appointment.