Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sensory Processing Disorder

A large percentage of children with Autism also have Sensory Processing Disorder. Jax does have SPD as well. Here is a list of symptoms of SPD. Jax has every single symptom on this list. This is why learning, attending to activities, being in loud environments, etc are difficult for him. Reading this list, you can see why!                                                  

•        Over sensitivity to touch, movement, sights, or sounds
•        Under reactivity to touch, movement, sights, or sounds
•        Specific learning difficulties /delays in academic achievement
•        Difficulty in making transitions from one situation to another
•        Tendency to be easily distracted / Limited attention control
•        Activity level that is unusually high or unusually low
•        Social and/or emotional problems
•        Difficulty learning new movements
•        Delays in speech, language, or motor skills
•        Physical clumsiness or apparent carelessness
•        Impulsive, lacking in self-control     
•        Inability to unwind or calm self
•        Poor self concept / body awareness

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