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What are the best sensory options for children with SPD?

Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD for short is a condition that affects how the brain processes and responds to sensory information from the environment. People with SPD may have difficulties with one or more senses, such as touch, sound, taste, smell or movement. This can result in challenges with daily activities, social interactions and learning.

There are several approaches that can be beneficial, depending on the individual needs and preferences of the child.

Occupational Therapy (OT)

This is the primary therapy for children with sensory processing disorders. OT focuses on improving a child's ability to perform daily tasks in various environments. This involves sensory integration therapy which helps the child to regulate and process information.

Sensory integration therapy

Aims to help children develop appropriate responses to sensory input. It involves engaging the child in structured activities that challenge their sensory system, helping them to improve their sensory processing, coordination and self-regulation skills.

Speech therapy

This is beneficial for children with sensory processing disorder if they have speech difficulties. it can help to improve their language skills, social communication and oral motor skills.

Physical Therapy

This type of therapy is used to improve gross motor skills, balance and coordination and strength and can benefit children who struggle with motor skills and coordination.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is helpful for children who experience anxiety or behavioural challenges and focuses on identifying and changing negative thoughts and behaviours.

Play therapy

this type of therapy is supportive and takes place in a non-threatening environment for children to express themselves and explore sensory experiences to help them to develop coping strategies, emotional regulation and social skills.

Parent education and support

This is crucial in helping children with SPD. There are many parent training courses that teach strategies for managing challenges at home, promoting self-regulation and enhancing the child's overall well-being.

Whatever approach you try with your child, they should be tailored to their specific needs and have a multi-disciplinary approach so that everyone who deals with the care of your child is involved and everyone is on the same page working together.


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