Sensory Processing Disorder

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Recommended Reading:

The following website links are helpful in understanding Sensory Processing Disorder:

The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol Stock Kranowitz

Article: How does Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) affect learning?

Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

Listen Love Learn

More Resources for SPD

About Therapy

Quoted from SPD
"Listening therapy (LT)
Listening therapy (LT) is a therapeutic program to improve the neurophysiological foundation for integrating sensory input by using specific sound frequencies and patterns to stimulate the brain. Like occupational therapy, LT is based on the theory of neuroplasticity, which refers to brain changes that occur as a result of experience. In the United States, a variety of listening systems is available to deliver LT. One of these is Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), which is used in combination with OT at the STAR Center of Denver. iLs music processing is based on audio techniques developed in France by Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis. The music is delivered via iPod in a portable waist pack. It is an enjoyable therapy and a effective complement to OT.

Combination therapy
Occupational therapy (OT) may be combined with listening therapy (LT) to "jump start" the change process in the nervous system, essentially accelerating the effects of treatment by stimulating the auditory as well as the other sensory systems directly. These systems (the vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, and auditory) play key foundational roles in motor planning, language, learning, and visual processing and contribute significantly to cognitive and emotional development. "
More about listening therapy
 The Tomatis Method

Quick Facts on SPD (quoted from
"What we know about SPD:

• SPD is a complex disorder of the brain that affects the way sensations are experienced and organized.
• The daily lives of at least 1 in 20 children are affected by SPD. That’s 5% of the general population – about one child in every classroom.
• In children with autistic spectrum disorders, the incidence of SPD is estimated to be even higher – at least 80%.   SPD is believed to occur in about 30% of gifted children as well.
• The disorder has unique symptoms not explained by other known conditions and is often misdiagnosed.
• Studies indicate that occupational therapy is an effective intervention for treating children with SPD.
• Children with SPD who reach adulthood without receiving treatment continue to be affected by sensory challenges." - Information from Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
Recommended viewing:
Although this movie is about Temple Grandin's experience with Autism (which Johnathan does not have), I highly recommend it as an insightful piece not only into the world of Autism but into how sensory disorders can affect a person.  It is also available to rent on Netflix.

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